September 24, 2013 |
Behind the scenes, the Lakers have added two people to their public relations department, hiring Calder Hynes and Daniel Ramirez. Hynes, who previously worked for the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans), was named manager, public relations, on Monday. He'll take over for Josh Rupprecht, who left the team to join UCLA Athletics as the associate athletic director, communications. Ramirez moves from the D-Fenders to the Lakers as coordinator, public relations. He'll replace Nick Mazzella, who was recently named general manager of the D-Fenders.
September 11, 2013 |
The D-Fenders have hired Nick Mazzella as their general manager, President/CEO Joey Buss has announced. Mazzella spent the last nine years with the Lakers' public relations department. Now he will join the team's NBA D-League affiliate in a prominent role. "We are excited for the opportunity to bring Nick aboard as a core member of the D-Fenders staff,” said Buss. “He is a young, diligent and focused individual who has the goal of excelling in our basketball operations department.
September 6, 2013 |
The D-Fenders have released their 2013-14 regular-season schedule . The Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate will open the season on Nov. 23 at home (at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo) against the Grand Valley Vipers. This will be the D-Fenders' seventh season, the first with new head coach Bob MacKinnon. Last year, the Lakers sent Robert Sacre, Darius Morris and Darius Johnson-Odom on assignment to the D-Fenders throughout the season. Sacre played in seven contests, averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds with 1.4 blocks a game.
August 7, 2013 |
The D-Fenders on Wednesday officially named Bob MacKinnon head coach. "We are excited to announce Bob MacKinnon as the next head coach of the D-Fenders," said D-Fenders President and Chief Executive Joey Buss. "Bob brings a successful coaching background to our franchise, winning at multiple levels and developing countless players at different stages of their careers. Most importantly, Bob shares our vision of cultivating prospects who can deliver quality minutes for the Lakers and the NBA while also contending for an NBA Development League championship.
July 24, 2013 |
In May, Mark Madsen was originally introduced as the head coach of the D-Fenders. But before coaching a single game, Madsen was promoted to the Lakers' staff as a player development coach . "A short period after I signed on to be the D-Fenders' head coach, a few other coaches on the Lakers' staff left the organization," said Madsen in a phone interview with The Times. "There were some subsequent conversations with Coach [Mike] D'Antoni -- with [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak, gauging my interest.
July 19, 2013 |
The Lakers officially announced the addition of two player development coaches Friday. As previously reported by The Times , the Lakers have added Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis, both of the D-Fenders, to Coach Mike D'Antoni's staff. "Both Mark and Larry bring a high level of credibility to our staff," D'Antoni said in a statement. "Mark has endless energy and is a workaholic. He's developed players at the college level and I think he'll do a great job making the jump to the NBA. " "Larry has proven to be a natural at helping develop players for the D-Fenders since transitioning from nearly two decades of playing abroad and in the CBA," D'Antoni continued. "We expect that he will make a great player development coach at the NBA level as well.