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February 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The D-Fenders made a trade Monday to acquire center Jerome Jordan, sending Ronald Dupree and Orien Greene to the Reno Bighorns. Jordan has legitimate NBA size, 7 feet and 253 pounds.  Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010 (44th overall), Jordan found his way to the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, playing 21 games. Operating as the D-League affiliate for the Lakers, the D-Fenders are run by General Manager Glenn Carraro, also the assistant general manager of the Lakers.
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April 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers head into Week 25, the final week of the season, with a seven-game losing streak. Should the Lakers lose their final two games, they would climb into at least a tie with the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. While the season hasn't exactly been fun for their fans to watch, the Lakers should be rewarded with a top prospect in June's NBA draft. Injuries have been the story, with Pau Gasol (vertigo), Chris Kaman (calf), Kobe Bryant (knee)
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March 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
After facing limited playing time with the Lakers, rookie guard Darius Morris will finally see time on the court. But that will happen while he wears aD-Fendersuniform. The Lakers assigned Morris to the Development League Wednesday, after he averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 assists in 10.3 minutes through 13 games. Despite the Lakers' needs at point guard, Coach Mike Brown expressed skepticism about playing Morris significant minutes because of his inexperience, over-dribbling and his understanding of the offense.  Morris assumed the backup spot while Steve Blake sat out the first seven games with a rib injury.
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April 13, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers didn't make it to the postseason, dropping out early with an ever-growing list of injuries. Their NBA Development League affiliate had a much better, 31-19 regular season, although the West Division-winning D-Fenders didn't last long in the playoffs. On Saturday night, the D-Fenders (second seed) were swept out by the Santa Cruz Warriors (sixth seed), falling 138-126 at home in El Segundo at the Toyota Sports Center. Cameron Jones led the Warriors with 33 points.
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January 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Robert Sacre scored 22 points on Saturday night for the D-Fenders, playing in his first game since the Lakers reassigned him to the D-League. Despite the strong game from the rookie center, the D-Fenders dropped their third-straight (104-92), losing to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Sacre hit on 10 of 17 from the field and collected five rebounds. Fellow Laker Darius Johnson-Odom had 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. This was Sacre's fourth game of the year for the D-Fenders, averaging 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a night.
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January 5, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have reassigned center Robert Sacre to the D-Fenders. Sacre, taken with the 60th and final pick of the 2012 NBA draft, will join the Lakers' D-League affiliate for the third time this season.  In three games for the D-Fenders, Sacre averaged 7.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. The Lakers still have rookie Darius Johnson-Odom in the D-League.  Through 11 games he's leading the D-Fenders with 21.1 points a game while shooting 43.8% from the field and 39.6% from three-point range.  He's also averaging 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals.
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March 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Manny Harris recently left the D-Fenders to play in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Harris played through a pair of 10-day contracts with the Lakers, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds over nine appearances. After the Lakers decided not to re-sign him for the remainder of the season, he rejoined the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate D-Fenders. Through 22 games in the D-League, Harris averaged 31.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game.  He was named NBA D-League performer of the week twice.
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December 21, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
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.
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November 22, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers on Thursday recalled Ryan Kelly and Elias Harris from the D-Fenders. The rookies spent the week working with the Development League team in preparation for the D-Fenders' season opener against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday. Both will be available Friday night as the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors, with reassignment a strong possibility for Saturday to play the Vipers, followed by another recall to rejoin the Lakers on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.
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November 30, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Rookies Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre both delivered for the second straight game, helping the D-Fenders to a 97-94 victory over the Maine Red Claws of Portland in a D-League game. The Lakers recently assigned Johnson-Odom and Sacre to the D-League, giving them an opportunity for both players to get some needed floor time. The D-Fenders were down by five points with a little more than two minutes left before scoring the final eight points of the game. Johnson-Odom scored a game-high 24 points, leading the D-Fenders in scoring for their second straight game.
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April 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The D-Fenders dropped the first game of the NBA D-League quarterfinals Thursday night, falling to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 140-127. Seth Curry, brother of Golden State Warriors All-Star Steph Curry, scored 44 points to help the Warriors outscore the D-Fenders, 12-4, during a crucial late fourth-quarter run. The D-Fenders were led by Terrence Williams with 27 points. Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams scored 10 points and had eight rebounds. With the first game of the best-of-three series in Santa Cruz, the final two will be held at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, assuming the D-Fenders can force a Game 3 with a win on Saturday night.
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April 6, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Los Angeles D-Fenders (31-19) will host the Santa Cruz Warriors (29-21) in the first round of the NBA Development League postseason. After finishing the regular season with the second overall seed, the D-Fenders were given the right to pick their playoff opponent after the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (34-16) chose the Reno Bighorns (27-23). The D-Fenders and Warriors split eight games during the regular season.  The first game will be on Thursday in Santa Cruz. The series shifts to the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo for Game 2 on Saturday and, if necessary, a Game 3 on Tuesday.
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April 1, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (25-48) won't make the postseason but their NBA Development League counterpart will. The D-Fenders (30-17) clinched the D-League's West division on Monday night, defeating the Reno Bighorns (27-21), 119-108. Former Laker Shawne Williams scored 19 while Brandon Costner led the team with 24.  Williams is averaging 20.4 points a game through 19 appearances with the D-Fenders, significantly more than the 5.6 a night he tallied through 36 games with the Lakers. The D-Fenders have one home game Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, against the Erie BayHawks, then they'll wrap up the regular season with two road games on Friday (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
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March 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Manny Harris recently left the D-Fenders to play in Turkey with Turk Telekom Ankara. Harris played through a pair of 10-day contracts with the Lakers, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds over nine appearances. After the Lakers decided not to re-sign him for the remainder of the season, he rejoined the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate D-Fenders. Through 22 games in the D-League, Harris averaged 31.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game.  He was named NBA D-League performer of the week twice.
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March 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers forward Shawne Williams on Monday was named NBA Development League performer of the week. Playing for the Lakers' D-League affiliate, Williams is the third D-Fender to win the honor this season, joining Manny Harris, who also played with the Lakers this season, and Terrence Williams. At 25-15, the D-Fenders are in first place in the West Division, having a better season than the 22-44 Lakers. OFFICIAL: Shawne Williams has been named @nbadleague Performer of the Week, he averaged 26.3 pts, 7.3 reb & 2.7 blk pic.twitter.com/qXW3fP8PV9 - L.A. D-Fenders (@DFenders)
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March 2, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry made his second appearance with the D-Fenders (20-15) on Saturday night, scoring 19 points in a 137-126 overtime loss to the Legends (17-22) in Texas. The Lakers assigned Henry to the NBA Development League on Thursday as part of the 6-foot-6 swingman's rehabilitation from a knee injury. Henry was injured in a Lakers' loss on Dec. 29 to the Philadelphia 76ers, suffering a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Former Lakers guard Manny Harris scored 30 points for the D-Fenders, including a layup in the final moments of regulation to force overtime.
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February 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Xavier Henry has yet to suit up for the Lakers in 2014, felled by a knee injury in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 29. On Thursday, Henry will make an appearance with the D-Fenders in one of the final stages of his recovery from a bone bruise and abnormality of the lateral meniscus. Henry will join the Lakers' D-League affiliate as they visit the Texas Legends. Through 31 games with the Lakers, Henry has averaged 10.1 points. He's missed 27 games, just one of the many long-term injuries the Lakers have faced this season.
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February 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
According to the NBA Development League transactions page , former Lakers guard Kareem Rush retired last month. In a recent phone interview with The Times, Rush said that's not the case. "I've retired from the D-League," he said. "[I'm] not retired from basketball completely. " Rush, 33, last played in the NBA for the Clippers on Nov. 17, 2009, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He has since worked to get back in the NBA, joining the Lakers' D-League affiliate D-Fenders for the second time in his career.
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