Los Angeles D-Fenders, Lakers' minor league affiliate, to take hiatus

Don't get too excited - He's not in action tonight. Unfortunately, it sounds like his former team won't be, either, for the upcoming season.

The Lakers' minor league affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, will take a one-year hiatus and will no longer use Staples Center as its home base, The Times has learned.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss will retain ownership of the D-Fenders, who are expected to reemerge at a different Southern California venue for the 2011-12 season.

--From the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

Though the Lakers never really took full advantage of their Development League team like fellow NBA teams have - the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston), Austin Toros (San Antonio) and Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma City) have been implemented quite well - this is still pretty surprising news.

I'm going to look further into this and see if I can find anything interesting out.

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