Lasme signs with Los Angeles D-Fenders
Nov. 29, 2007
NEW YORK - The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Stephane Lasme from the available player pool to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Lasme was selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He signed with the team on Aug. 21, 2007. The rookie appeared in two preseason games for the Warriors and averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 19.5 minutes. He was waived by the Warriors on Nov. 17, 2007.
The free agent from the University of Massachusetts was the 2006-07 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-8, 215-pound forward was the third player in NCAA history to record four triple-doubles in the same season. Lasme, a native of Gabon, was one of only two players (Greg Oden) to rank in the top 25 in the nation in three major statistical categories as a senior and ranks 18th in NCAA history with 399 blocked shots. Prior to attending UMass, Lasme played three seasons for the Gabon National Team (2000-2003) while he was in high school.
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League's goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams, provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.