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Time Warner Cable SportsNet to air D-Fenders

December 21, 2012|By Eric Pincus
  • Darius Johnson-Odom drives against the Kings during a summer league game.
Darius Johnson-Odom drives against the Kings during a summer league game. (NBA.com )

The D-Fenders are coming to Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the team announced Friday.

“We are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable SportsNet this season,” said Joey Buss, president and chief executive of the D-Fenders. “This is an opportunity for our fans, Lakers fans and basketball fans to develop a connection with top D-Fenders prospects as well as Lakers assignment players, both of which are instrumental to the future of the Lakers and NBA.”

The Lakers currently have rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom assigned to their D-League affiliate. Currently, Johnson-Odom is leading the team with 21.6 points per game while shooting 46.9% from the field and dishing 5.4 assists per game.

Former Laker A.C. Green will join Steve Quis as on-air talent. The program will make its debut Saturday afternoon as the D-Fenders host the Idaho Stampede.

“The combination of Lakers and D-Fenders games and content on Time Warner Cable SportsNet will give Southern California sports fans a more comprehensive viewing experience,” said Mark Shuken, senior vice president and general manager of TWC Sports Regional Networks. “We’re excited to work with the D-Fenders to televise their games this season.”

The D-Fenders are coached by Reggie Theus and hold their games at the Lakers' practice facility (Toyota Sports Center).

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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