Former player Mark Madsen hired by LA Lakers


mark-madsenThe former Stanford player Mark Madsen, who was part of the Lakers’ NBA champion teams in 2001 and ’02 was hired as the team’s player development coach, along with Larry Lewis, NBA official website reported.

In May, Madsen was hired to coach the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season. Instead, he will help Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, who says Madsen “has endless energy and is a workaholic.”

Madsen played nine seasons in the NBA and spent the last two years as a Stanford assistant.

Last year, he was an assistant coach with Stanford University, and before that he was an assistant for the Utah Flash – another NBA D-League team.

Nicknamed “Mad Dog” by players and fans in Los Angeles, Madsen appeared in 453 NBA games (70 started).

He finished his NBA career in 2009 with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He only held career averages of 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, but he won two NBA championships with the Lakers.

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