Mad Dog

Mad Dog

Postby LTLakerFan on Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:02 am

I think Mark deserves his own thread as he was an important part of 2 rings with his energy and physicality off the bench, and now he has come full circle to be an assistant coach with the Lakers. And who knows..... if Dan is ultimately gone at some point it would be a shame to lose all the comments about Mark from Dan's thread disappearing. Very good chance they would hang onto Madsen. He's our new big man developmental coach, among other duties and coach of Defenders, and still looks to be in great shape to bang with these guys now while coaching them. A good photo of him working with summer team at top of article.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... 9114.story


Mark Madsen gets chance to help Lakers develop their moves
The former NBA power forward known for his celebratory dance moves will be the lead instructor with Lakers big men in his new role as player-development assistant.

By Ben Bolch
July 13, 2013, 8:05 p.m.
LAS VEGAS — It didn't take long for Mark Madsen to bust a move in his return to the Lakers.

On the same day he was contractually set to start as coach of the franchise's Development League team, the onetime power forward known for his celebratory dance moves shifted into a more prestigious role as one of the Lakers' player-development assistants.

"I just went about five steps down the hall and took a left," Madsen said Saturday, "and now I'm in there with the Lakers' staff."

Consider it moseying closer to his dream of becoming an NBA head coach.

It's been a largely unglamorous journey, featuring stops as an assistant with the Utah Flash of the D-League and as a graduate assistant at Stanford, before the inescapable glitz of the Lakers enveloped Madsen upon his return this spring.

Kobe Bryant gave his former teammate a hug on his first day back at the team's practice facility, a reminder of happier times for the Lakers. Madsen spent his first three NBA seasons as a reserve with the team, winning championships in 2001 and '02 that he punctuated with some unorthodox dancing.

He's already bounced around plenty in his new role, sprinting from near half court to underneath the basket to deliver a pointer in practice before the Lakers opened play in the Las Vegas Summer League.

"It's awesome," center Robert Sacre said. "Him bringing that youthful energy is tremendous. It's really contagious, and I think it helps our squad a lot."

Madsen, 37, earned his quick promotion after impressing Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike D'Antoni with his attention to detail during conversations about how to implement D'Antoni's system with the D-Fenders.

Understanding nuances is something Madsen knows well. He studied opposing players' tendencies while coaching under Brad Jones with the Flash and was responsible for scouting 10 teams while coaching under Johnny Dawkins at Stanford.

His role with the Lakers will be to work in tandem with fellow player-development assistant Larry Lewis, teaching every aspect of the game. The 6-foot-9 Madsen will be the lead instructor with big men Sacre, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill.

If Madsen has to share a few unpleasant realities along the way, so be it.

"I want to be truthful with players," Madsen said. "Sometimes the truth can hurt, but you have to be able to tell the truth to the players — the positive truth and the developmental truth — and I think if you can do that, I think players respect that because players want to get better."

Madsen has known he wanted to coach since reading John Wooden's book "They Call Me Coach" while in college at Stanford. He was an All-American who led the Cardinal to the Final Four in 1998 before starting a nine-season NBA career that ended with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009.

His time with the Lakers was memorable for more than championships.

Madsen recalled his panic as a rookie at having been set up on a blind date while in Indianapolis but having brought only sweats and shorts on the trip. Teammate Horace Grant told Madsen to come to his hotel room early that evening, where he had laid out a beautiful suit and a pair of polished leather shoes.

"He said, 'Wear this suit, wear these shoes, and here's $100 to take her to dinner,'" Madsen recalled. "I said, 'Horace, the suit looks awesome. I'm going to borrow the suit, I might borrow the shoes, but you can keep your 100. I'm in the NBA now.'"

Madsen has found that the highs of coaching can be as exhilarating as the highs of playing.

"As a player, when you made a great play or you were on the court and something good happened," he said, "you felt this amazing adrenaline, you just felt great inside. And it's different as a coach because you see it happen on the sideline and you see the energy of the player making the play, you see his excitement and then that gets me excited."

Madsen still gets asked about his dancing everywhere he goes. If he's at a basketball game, the topic might come up two or three times.

He doesn't mind. In fact, fans might be treated to an encore performance should the Lakers win another title.

"All I can say is, if we win this next year, I don't want it to just be me dancing," Madsen said. "I want everyone to be dancing, and I'm willing to teach moves."
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:59 am

Thanks for posting this LT.

I love Mark. I loved Mark when he played here. He's a good guy and a good character. I'm hopeful that this season opens some doors for him in the Laker FO.
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby JSM on Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:48 pm

Favorite part of the article was the Horace/Mark story.

One thing did stick out to me though...
LTLakerFan wrote:. The 6-foot-9 Madsen will be the lead instructor with big men Sacre, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill.

Mark instructing Pau is like Scott Burrell instructing Scottie Pippen.
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby Weezy on Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:53 pm

Yeah that Horace Grant story stuck out to me as well, that was cool, sounds like a great teammate, easy to see why having guys like that around helped us as an overall team. I was also a little like "huh?" at Mark coaching these guys in the post, only one he might have had a better post game than is Sacre or mayyyybe Hill, he was mainly about hustle over talent from what I remember. At least the guys seem to like him though, and his enthusiasm ha ha.
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:20 pm

I think he might have a severe case of "Lukewaltonitis" though.

Some guys know EXACTLY what to do in given situations, they just don't have the physical ability to do it. I'm thinking Mark could fit into that category. I mean there's thousands of trainers all over the country that train kids to get better when they're clearly just trainers giving kids lessons, you know what I mean?
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby trodgers on Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:26 pm

Honestly, I've never been much of a fan. I wish him luck though.
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby Weezy on Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:31 pm

Better at coaching/teaching than playing? Sure, I buy that, there's plenty of head coaches, for example, with success that never played any significant basketball, maybe not even beyond high school or a small college. Like the coach of the current 2 time defending champs.
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby Barnstable on Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:02 pm

Very surprised he got into coaching. I never really thought of him as a really cerebral player, but I guess that's different from being a good coach.

Still really glad to have him back on the Lakers, and teaching Mad Dog 2.0 in Sacre :man10:
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby LTLakerFan on Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:36 pm

Barnstable wrote:Very surprised he got into coaching. I never really thought of him as a really cerebral player, but I guess that's different from being a good coach.

Still really glad to have him back on the Lakers, and teaching Mad Dog 2.0 in Sacre :man10:


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Re: Mad Dog

Postby JSM on Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:21 pm

Trudell's 1 on 1 interview with Madsen:

http://www.nba.com/lakers/features/130805_maddog_1on1
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Re: Mad Dog

Postby chrisaldah on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:37 am

Anyone remember this? :man1:

I hope he motivates his players with this much enthusiasm. :man10:

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