D-Fenders Tipoff NBA D-League Season on Friday, November 28th

Los Angeles opens season with seven games at STAPLES Center

EL SEGUNDO, CA The Los Angeles D-Fenders open their 2008-09 season in the NBA Development League on Friday, Nov. 28 at 3:30p.m. (PT) when they host the Bakersfield Jam at STAPLES Center.

The D-Fenders-Jam contest is the first of 50 regular season games for Los Angeles, 24 of which will take place at STAPLES Center. The D-Fenders will also take part in the 2009 NBA D-League Showcase that will take place from Jan. 5-8 at McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah. Also noteworthy on the 2008-09 NBA D-League Schedule is the All-Star Game and Dream Factory which is part of NBA Jam Session presented by adidas at NBA All-Star 2009 in Phoenix.

Other highlights of the D-Fenders home schedule include games against the NBA D-League Champion Idaho Stampede on December 12, 16 and January 27; expansion team and West Division rival Reno Bighorns on November 30, January 22 and April 9; expansion team Erie BayHawks on April 3; and the freeway series against the Anaheim Arsenal on December 10, January 25, and March 6.

The NBA D-League will continue to have three divisions for the 2008-09 season. The Central and Southwest divisions will feature five teams, while the West division will have six. The D-Fenders will play in the West division.

The Divisions for the 2008-09 season will break down as follows:

Central
Dakota Wizards
Erie BayHawks
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Iowa Energy
Sioux Falls

Southwest
Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Austin Toros
Colorado 14ers
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Tulsa 66ers

West
Anaheim Arsenal
Bakersfield Jam
Idaho Stampede
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Reno Bighorns
Utah Flash

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