CHAPTER 18: 1998-99 Donewald whips up storm and gives team bite

BOB DONEWALD JR: controversial coach who was often in trouble with the basketball authorities

AN EARLY-SEASON picture of Derby Storm 1998-99 (back, left to right): Simon Spencer, John Tresvant, DJ Bosse, Rico Alderson, Yorick Williams. Front: Tim Lascelles, Bob Donewald Jr (coach), Nate Reinking

JOHN TRESVANT, an early signing by Donewald who had a wealth of experience

NATE REINKING, an All Star under Donewald at Leicester and one of the best three-point shooters in the league

RICO ALDERSON whose pre-game antics grabbed headlines around the country

JOEL BURNS, an excellent free-throw and three-point shooter who was voted player of the year

NICK DONOVAN, a 7ft centre from Birmingham who missed games through injury, and former Leicester Rider Kevin Bishop, described as “one for the future”

BOB DONEWALD and former Derby coach Nick Nurse, who had taken over at Manchester, before the uni-ball trophy final

YORICK WILLIAMS: banned for 11 games including the uni-ball final

TIM LASCELLES, revelling in his first major final for the club

STORM supporters cheer on their team at the uni-ball trophy final at the NEC, Birmingham

CHAPTER 19: 1999-2000 Ford in driving seat but let down by Americans

MARTIN FORD is unveiled as the Storm’s new coach by general manager Tony Ironmonger and owner Mike Horton

CYPHEUS BUNTON, the man Ford wanted to be the team’s leader

RICHARD DUMAS, the former Phoenix Suns forward who signed for the Storm but never played for the club

DERBY STORM 1999-2000 (back, left to right): Tim Lascelles (player/assistant coach), Mark Burton, Wayne Mulgrave, Kip Stone, Martin Ford (coach). Front: Dameon Modeste, John Tresvant, Chris Fite, Carl Miller, Darrian Evans, Cypheus Bunton

THE THUNDERDOME: Derby’s own venue although some people, particularly opponents, felt it was cold and unwelcoming

JERRELL BOWMAN, an “exciting” player who gave the Storm an extra offensive threat

TIM LASCELLES who made his 400th appearance for Derby against Sheffield Sharks at the Thunderdome

RAY SCHULTZ goes for a hook shot over former Storm centre Ian Whyte, then with Newcastle Eagles

DARRIAN EVANS, top scorer in the annual All Star game, played in Manchester

B J BUNTON: a tremendous debut but was accused by coach Ford of putting his own interests before those of the team

KIP STONE: an inconsistent season and the guard didn’t always step up to take some of the pressure off Cypheus Bunton

COACH FORD making a point during a time-out

Chapter 20: 2000-2001 Ford out as Storm go to the Wall

MICHAEL NEW: proven ability with other English clubs

THE TEAM that represented Derby Storm early in the 2000-01 season (left to right): Hilroy Thomas, Barry Bowman, Carl Miller, Joel Burns, Antonio Garcia, Stedroy Baker, Michael New, Bryan Balser. Kneeling: coach Kevin Wall

L J JOHNSON came with a reputation as a powerful player but struggled in the BBL and was released after only three games

ANTONIO GARCIA (left) refuses to let Leicester’s Billy Singleton get the better of him

BARRY BOWMAN, the American point guard who averaged almost 22 points per game despite a knee injury

TONY McCRORY, the Canadian who showed his best form after being sidelined for six weeks with a broken hand

KIRK SMITH who played only eight games for the Storm before being released

JERMAINE BROWN who averaged 24 points and seven rebounds a game after signing for Derby in January

Chapter 21: 2001-2002 Lull in the Storm as Horton calls time on franchise

JOHN SPEZIA, an “old dog trying to learn new tricks”

SPEZIA’s first three signings, Durrell Robinson who played for the coach at Danville, former Sheffield centre Shawn Kennedy and Jemar Miller who could play at either guard position

DERBY STORM 2001-02 (back, left to right): Bryan Balser, Jemar Miller, Durrell Robinson, Simon Hills, Tyler Peterson, Kevin Griffin, Shawn Kennedy, John Spezia (coach). Front: Leighton Coyle, Keith Dolby, Robbie Bowen, Daniel Hildreth

TYLER PETERSON who averaged 13.25 points and 9.03 rebounds a game for the Storm

KEVIN GRIFFIN, a crowd favourite and top scorer who averaged more than 20 points a game

DANIEL HILDRETH, a “pesky defender” who averaged 4.81 points and 4.03 assists in 32 games for Derby


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