Originally known as Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody, the team from the North Caucasus region produced a number of strong youth talents over the years since its inception in 1946, but did not make its European debut until the 1998-99 Korac Cup. A year later, Lokomotiv picked up its first major title, the Russian Cup. After back-to-back third-place Russian League finishes, Lokomotiv nearly shocked Europe in 2002 by reaching the Korac Cup finals, where it lost to SLUC Nancy. In 2003 the club officially moved to the city of Rostov and reached the FIBA Europe Cup title game in 2005, but lost to CSU Asesoft Ploiesti. Lokomotiv continued to make the Russian League playoffs and advanced several stages in various European cups before moving again in 2009, when Krasnodar became its home and the club rebranded as Lokomotiv Kuban. The team reached the Russian League semifinals for the first time in 2011, while plowing through to the FIBA EuroChallenge final before losing against Krka. Five seasons ago, in its Eurocup debut, Lokomotiv made the quarterfinals, and appeared at the VTB League final four for the first time. What followed was a historic 2012-13 campaign, in which Eurocup MVP Nick Calathes guided the team to the Eurocup championship game. Once there, Lokomotiv topped Uxue Bilbao Basket behind 14 points and 9 rebounds from Eurocup Final MVP Richard Hendrix. Lokomotiv made its Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut in the 2013-14 season and reached the Top 16, but missed out on the playoffs via point difference. The following season Lokomotiv had another strong campaign with a near perfect Eurocup run as Derrick Brown, Anthony Randolph and Malcolm Delaney led the club to a new record for most consecutive wins in the competition with 20. But a quarterfinal loss against Unics Kazan prevented the team from going further. Last season, while making a memorable Euroleague run, Lokomotiv also fared well in VTB League action, but a loss in the final regular season game before the playoffs dropped it to fifth place, and depleted by injuries the team was swept by Khimki in the quarterfinals series, temporarily putting an end to the club’s hopes of lifting another trophy.
|Russian National Cup: 2000