Los Angeles D-Fenders
Founded 2006
History Los Angeles D-Fenders (2006–2010) (Currently Inactive)
Arena Staples Center

Toyota Sports Center

City Los Angeles, California
Team Colors Purple, Gold
Head Coach Team Inactive
Owner Los Angeles Lakers
Championships 0
Division Titles None
Affiliations Los Angeles Lakers (2006-2010)

The Los Angeles D-Fenders are an NBA Development League (D-League) team based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2006, the team is owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, which became the first National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise to own a D-League team. Like the parent club, they play most of their home games at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles,[1] but they also play select games at the Toyota Sports Center. The team announced it will be inactive starting in the 2010–11 season.

In 2008, the team was scheduled to move to the Citizens Business Bank Arena in nearby Ontario, California which was completed that year and is also operated by AEG Worldwide. The D-Fenders eventually signed with Staples Center for a third season.[2]

The team's home games are played in doubleheaders with the Lakers. Normal game times are 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Admission tickets to Lakers game also are good for D-Fenders games. Lakers management has admitted that the D-Fenders will likely lose several million dollars per year, but claims the potential to develop future NBA talent is worth the investment.

All games are broadcast in streaming audio from the team's official website.

The name was chosen in a "name the team" contest with an unusual format. As with the NCAA tournament bracket, the site featured 64 possible team names. By the first week of June 2006, only D-Fenders and Breakers remained as finalists. On June 5, 2006, balloting was closed. Three days later, the team was supposed to announce its new name, but did not. The name "Breakers" had won the poll, but the Lakers learned that a local dwarf basketball team has the same name and therefore they fell back on the "losing" nickname in the contest. The official announcement, and logo unveiling, came on July 26, 2006.

In their debut in the 2006–07 season, they finished with a 23-27 record, almost qualifying for the playoffs. In the 2008 season, they posted a 32-18 record, good enough to head for the playoffs. In the first round, Los Angeles earned their first playoff victory after defeating the Western Conference's champion Colorado 14ers. Later, they lost to the Idaho Stampede, who went on to win their first championship in the D-League.

On May 2010, the D-Fenders announced that they would not field a team for the 2010–11 season. The Lakers owner, Jerry Buss will retain the team's ownership while the team trying to relocate and return for the 2011–12 season.[3] In the absence of the D-Fenders, the Lakers will be affiliated with the Bakersfield Jam, which will also be the Los Angeles Clippers affiliate.[4]

  • Both Jordan Farmar and Coby Karl have played on two different occasions for both the D-Fenders and the Lakers on the same day.[5][6]
  • Actress, model, and former cheerleader Bonnie-Jill Laflin was the D-Fenders' assistant general manager and a scout for the Lakers.
Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Los Angeles D-Fenders
2006–07 Western 5th 23 27 .460
2007–08 Western 2nd 32 18 .640 Won First Round (Colorado) 102-95

Lost Semifinals (Idaho) 97-90

2008–09 Western 5th 19 31 .380
2009–10 Western 9th 16 34 .320
Regular season 90 110 .450
Playoffs 1 1 .500
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