Los Angeles D-Fenders
The D-Fenders are excited about returning to the hardwood for the 2012-13 season! See the Lakers stars of the future.
The D-Fenders play their home games at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA, which is also the Lakers practice facility.
In July 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Buss family became the first NBA franchise to own an NBA Development League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The D-Fenders are the sole affiliate of the Lakers and are committed to providing the highest quality of emerging talent.
The NBA D-League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league which features 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams and is designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally by offering NBA caliber basketball. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its D-League teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares program. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.