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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Lakers season cloudy with a chance of D-Fenders reign
For fans, the closest thing to catching a Lakers game this season is catching an L.A. D-Fenders D-League game. The Lakers founded and purchased their NBA Development League team in 2006 making them the first NBA franchise to ever own a D-League team.
The NBA lockout will not hinder the NBA D-League. In fact, the 50-game regular season tips-off this Friday, November 25th. The D-Fenders team is coached by Eric Musselman, former NBA coach of the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors.
The team roster will predominantly showcase an array of young players who look to impress NBA scouts while reserving one spot for a seasoned veteran whose already earned his NBA stripes.
With the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft, the D-Fenders selected eight-year NBA veteran Jamaal Tinsley. Tinsley had his best NBA season in 2004 (40 games) where he averaged 15.4ppg. With the new addition of Jamaal coach Musselman is very optimistic of winning their first D-League Championship.
The closest the team has gotten to winning it all was in the 2007-08 season where they lost in the semifinals to the Idaho Stampede, 97-90
All D-Fender home games are scheduled to be held at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.