Los Angeles D-Fenders
Los Angeles D-Fenders Founded 2006 History Los Angeles D-Fenders (2006–2010)
Arena Staples Center (2006-10)
Toyota Sports Center (2011-Present)
City El Segundo, California Team colors Purple, Gold Head coach Eric Musselman Owner Los Angeles Lakers Championships 0 Division titles None Affiliations Los Angeles Lakers (2006-2010)
The Los Angeles D-Fenders are a 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 played most of their home games at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles from 2006-2010, but they also played select games at the Toyota Sports Center in nearby El Segundo, which is their full-time home starting in 2011-12. The team announced it will be inactive starting in the 2010–11 season, but has returned for the 2011-12 campaign. 
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.
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. 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.
On June 9, 2011, it was announced that the D-Fenders would return for 2011-12, playing at the Toyota Sports Center in nearby El Segundo.  On August 18, they announced Eric Musselman was hired as their new head coach. 
- Both Jordan Farmar and Coby Karl have played on two different occasions for both the D-Fenders and the Lakers on the same day.
- 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 2010–11 Suspended operations 2011–12 Western T-1st 0 0 N/A Regular season 90 110 .450 Playoffs 1 1 .500
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- ^ Bresnahan, Mike (May 21, 2010). "D-Fenders, Lakers' minor league affiliate, will take one-year hiatus". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/21/sports/la-sp-defenders-20100522. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
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- ^ NBA Development League: Lakers Reassign Jordan Farmar To D-Fenders
- ^ Lakers assign Coby Karl to D-Fenders for final time this season
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