After a one-year hiatus, the Lakers' wholly owned and operated NBA Development League franchise, the D-Fenders, will return for the 2011-2012 season, the team and league announced today.
The D-Fenders, who previously played their games before or after Lakers games at Staples Center, will play at the Lakers' practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
"We are excited to continue our investment in the NBA Development League as it continues to evolve into a basketball and business asset for NBA teams," D-Fenders Chief Executive Joey Buss said in a press release.
"We're thrilled to welcome the Los Angeles D-Fenders back to the NBA Development League," said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. "The Lakers have been an outstanding partner with the NBA D-League for years, and their return further reinforces our growing significance to the NBA - especially considering they are now one of seven NBA teams with a 'one-to-one' affiliation. We're excited about the terrific fan experience they plan to provide at Toyota Sports Center."
The D-Fenders are one of seven teams affiliated with single NBA franchises. Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, New Jersey, New York and Dallas also have D-League affiliates.