NBA approves Lakers' ownership of D-League team

Updated: April 19, 2006, 5:38 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN Insider

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss received approval Wednesday to own his own D-League team, the first time the NBA has allowed one of its clubs to control its own minor-league franchise.

Buss' team is expected to join the NBDL next season and play at the Staples Center, already home to the Lakers and Clippers, before possibly moving in a few years to Ontario, a suburb east of Los Angeles.

The league's Board of Governors had to approve an amendment to the NBA's constitution ...

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