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Lakers D-League Team, The D-Fenders, To Return Next Season

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The Los Angeles Lakers decided that they didn't need their NBA D-League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, this past season. After a location change, however, the Lakers are once again recommitting themselves to the Development League.

The D-Fenders return, which I mentioned in this article earlier in the week, will happen at the Toyota Sports Center i El Segundo, California with the chief executive being Joey Buss.

The team has relaunched its website, too, with the following message:

The D-Fenders are excited about returning to the hardwood for the 2011-12 season! See the Lakers stars of the future. Don't miss any of the action. Check back in the next few weeks for the relaunch of, which will contain info on the team, home venue, tickets and more.

This is great for the D-League, adding to an already busy week that saw the New York Knicks take a large step in the right direction by acquiring the basketball operations of the Erie BayHawks.

I assume a coaching search is underway, and I'll try to throw out a list of candidates soon, but for now I think it's safe to say that more videos like the one below are in the Lakers' future since they've come back to the D-League.