Lionel Price was born in London in 1927. A keen sportsman as a youngster he played representative soccer and cricket whilst at school before being evacuated to Somerset at the outbreak of World War 2. Amazingly Lionel only took up basketball in 1944 upon his return to London, where he was studying to become an accountant. He developed both a love and talent for the sport and progressed quickly to be selected for the Great Britain whereupon he made his debut against Italy in Turin - the team were staying in the same hotel as the England football team who were also playing Italy the next day! This led on to selection for the GB Olympic Team at the 1948 London Olympics where they played at the now demolished Harringey Arena. He continued to play for many years after until family commitments took him away from the game. As an industrious character, however, he continues to play recreational sport and ran a successful manufacturing operation for many years before retiring fully in 2006.