Buss passed away from cancer complications last February. The D-Fenders will celebrate what would have been his 81st birthday when hosting the
"We are excited to showcase D-Fenders basketball to fans in Ontario for a second straight season," said Joey Buss, D-Fenders president and CEO as well as part owner of the Lakers. "Last year's game was a huge success, and we aim to duplicate that success this year. The Lakers have been coming to Citizens Business Bank Arena for several years and it's a special opportunity for us to celebrate with this tribute game."
The D-Fenders, who represent the Lakers in the
On Monday, 6-foot-5 guard
On Saturday, the D-Fenders overcame a 17-point deficit to overtake the
Like the Lakers, the D-Fenders have a promotion giving away free food if the home team wins while holding their opponent under 100 points. For the Lakers, the giveaway is tacos -- often leading to a, "We want tacos" chant at
The D-Fenders gave out certificates for free pulled pork sandwiches at Britt's Barbecue in El Segundo, near the Lakers' practice facility where the D-Fenders play their home games.
While there was not a, "We want pork" chant Saturday, the crowd got to see a nice comeback. After the game, a number of players stayed to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans.
Earlier in the season, the Lakers sent
Kelly recently credited his D-League stint for helping him get back into shape after spending most of the summer recovering from foot surgery. He's not a regular part of the Lakers' rotation.
In the D-League, rosters change regularly as players are called up to the
After two games, the D-Fenders' best inside player, Malcolm Thomas, was signed by the
The D-Fenders recently picked up
"The guys in this league, they adapt," said Coach Bob MacKinnon. "They just want to play."
Given his production with the D-Fenders, Harris could be the next to get a call-up to the NBA.