The leagues Lakers have a new D-League assignment.
No we’re not talking about impressive rookie taken after Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac. Or even Laker call-up and D-League tweener, dunking David Nwaba (although he has been making his rounds between the injury riddled Lakers and their playoff bound NBADL affiliate). But the actual D-Fenders themselves. As the former Los Angeles Defenders who have been through numerous rebrands over the years are having their talents taken to South Bay.
Where in California former Lake Show back-up and legendary coach Geore Karl’s son Coby and his coached D-League outfit will become the South Beach Lakers next season. And judging from the rebrand releases that the neighbouring NBA L.A. Clippers could really learn from in their next phase we can’t wait for the apparel and the cap to match…let alone the purple and gold uniforms.
In an effort to identify more with their D-League farm team like the Windy City Bulls out in Chicago, L.A’s South Beach Lakers further the purple and gold legacy of their parent franchise that stretch beyond the banners, rafters and Shaq statues at STAPLES to the WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks. The success for this Magic brand continues to grow and the new logos and signature symbols even hark back to the blue Minneapolis Lakers days of legend and the alumni of the California college UCLA and their blue Bruins. Continuing the trend of developing young talent for these D’s who will play at the University Of Southern California next year instead of the Lakers El Segundo practice facility.
You can see it in the sea blue of the primary logo that matches the classic Laker logo with South Bay and a Pacific ocean between it. Or the palm tree and pier head of the secondary look which you will seen rocked on many a white tee in L.A. this Summer when stocks soar as these styles hit the shelves. Whilst the U.C.L.A like South Bay and MPLS looking Lakers lettering completes and underlines this legacy making look.
These new licks look great for the future of the Lakers D-Fenders who right now have evened up their series with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, locked at one game apiece, with a 126-124 win behind 22 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds from you know who. Coby Karl’s men look to have the Mamba mentality as they continue to strike lead by a league ready Nwaba who has been impressing and inspiring for a youth in revolt Lakers team like new signing Tyler Ennis. So much so shutting down potential Sixth Man of the Year spark-plug Nick Young for the rest of the season campaign like Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov was nothing.
Just when you thought the Lakers had so much young talent and time in their future like D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., rising rookie Brandon Ingram, even Ivica Zubac and whoever they get in the drafts top ten this Summer this future franchise and their new faces have shown so much more in talented reserve for their back-up team. What holds even greater influence is these Lakers aren’t even looking to tank like a member of TGT for their draft choice this July. In todays league of resting Kings and stars like LeBron the Lakers aren’t giving up without a fight. Months ago they couldn’t buy or beg a win. But now so injury depleted that David Nwaba has to carry two sets of uniforms in his gym bag at all times the Lakers have earned their last two W’s. And big contract guys like Deng, Mozgov and Swaggy P are only put on ice so the young players can heat up.
And now with more chance for them to play in South California’s D-League, it’s going to be even harder to keep these A for effort young, next generation Lakers at bay.
It’s looking symbolic.