EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League have hired Clay Moser to serve as Associate Head Coach on Head Coach Eric Musselman’s staff, it was announced today.

Moser, who brings more than a decade of NBA and NBA D-League experience with him to Los Angeles, most recently served on Musselman’s staff as Associate Head Coach with the Reno Bighorns last season, helping lead the team to a Western Conference best 34-16 record.

“I’m thrilled to work alongside Clay again this year after enjoying so much success together last season in Reno,” said Musselman. “To have someone on the bench with his level of experience and work ethic will be a tremendous asset to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.”

Prior to his time with the Bighorns, Moser was tabbed by the Houston Rockets to be Head Coach of their D-League affiliate in Rio Grande Valley, going 21-29 with the Vipers during the 2008-09 campaign. In addition to his Reno and Rio Grande Valley D-League experience, Moser has also worked for CBA teams that later would join the D-League; serving as an assistant coach, vice president and general manager with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (1989-94) and as CEO and general manager of the Idaho Stampede (1997-2001).

Formerly serving on USA Basketball’s board of directors, Moser has also spent extensive time evaluating NBA-caliber talent as an advance scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10), Orlando Magic (2007-08), Sacramento Kings (2006-07) and Golden State Warriors (2002-03). His other NBA experience includes time as Vice President of Business Development for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06), as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs 2005 Summer League Team and as a business consultant for the NBA (2005).

The D-Fenders, the first franchise in D-League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), begin the season November 25th with back-to-back road games at Dakota before opening their home schedule Monday, November 28 versus Reno. Returning for their fifth season of competition in 2011-12 after a one year hiatus, the D-Fenders will play all home games at Toyota Sports Center, the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, CA.