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D-Fenders Hire Nick Mazzella as General Manager

By Kyle Dumo | September 10, 2013

Glenn Carraro Named Vice President of Basketball Operations

The Los Angeles D-Fenders have hired Nick Mazzella as General Manager, it was announced today by President/CEO Joey Buss. In conjunction with the move, Glenn Carraro has been named Vice President of Basketball Operations and will maintain his role of Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mazzella joins the D-Fenders after spending the past nine seasons working for the Los Angeles Lakers within the public relations department. Taking over as the public relations coordinator in 2006, Mazzella earned the position after working as a part-time basketball operations assistant and public relations intern for the Lakers. Mazzella, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, received a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a minor in Sports Management in 2006. During his time with the Lakers, Mazzella was part of two NBA championship teams and made three trips to the NBA Finals.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring Nick aboard as a core member of the D-Fenders staff,” said Buss. “He is a young, diligent and focused individual who has the goal of excelling in our basketball operations department. We believe that Nick further establishes our commitment to hiring high quality personnel as we pursue a championship and develop NBA-level talent.”

Carraro, who has 18 years of NBA experience, most recently served as both the Assistant General Manager for the Lakers and General Manager of the D-Fenders in 2012-13. Originally serving as the D-Fenders Assistant General Manager from 2006-2010, Carraro was named General Manager of the D-Fenders at the start of the 2011-12 season. In his first year as General Manager of the D-Fenders, the team finished with the best regular season record in NBA D-League history (38-12) and had a total of eight GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA. That season, the D-Fenders also received the Development Champion award, which is given to recognize the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. During Carraro’s tenure with the team, the D-Fenders have developed 14 NBA Call-Ups and 11 Lakers assignment players.

“Working with Glenn every day for the last two years has been a pleasure,” said Buss. “We feel that his new role further strengthens the synergy between the Lakers and D-Fenders. Glenn, who will function primarily as Assistant General Manager with the Lakers, will help serve as a liaison between the D-Fenders and the Lakers whenever a player is assigned or called-up to the NBA.”