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Mark Madsen
Mark Madsen
Position: None
Born: 01/28/76
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
A reserve forward who built his NBA career by playing in the paint, Madsen hadn’t attempted a three-pointer that entire season or the season before that. But as Target Center fans implored him, he attempted seven in succession, all of which missed and the Grizzlies basically had no choice but to win 102-92 after two extra sessions. “I look back and I still feel some pain about that game,” Madsen said Friday at Staples Center. “It was a unique circumstance.”
Despite Madsen’s enthusiasm for the numbers, one analytics official familiar with the Lakers’ operation said that Madsen’s work is “not well-received” by Scott and the other coaches, and that any advanced stats the Lakers are using are “really, really basic.” For instance, although Scott cited how analytics revealed that Bryant’s performance suffered after reaching a certain minute mark, he noted it only after Bryant was so fatigued that he had started to miss games. It wasn’t long until Bryant was lost for the season to a shoulder injury.
Former Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his son, Trey, have been providing basic statistical analysis to the front office for years, but it’s only recently that the Lakers have invested in an analytics department. GM Mitch Kupchak told ESPN.com that SportVU data has “changed this whole business” and that he has brought aboard a group of four employees to interpret the data. But the Lakers were slow to embrace SportVU data, not being willing to pay for the cameras before the NBA stepped up and installed them in every arena. And while Kupchak indicated most SportVU analysis is directed toward the coaching staff, with assistant coach Mark Madsen as a conduit, it’s hard to find any evidence of Byron Scott putting those insights in play on the court.
Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen will serve as assistant coaches on Byron Scott’s staff. Additionally, it was announced that Clay Moser (assistant coach/head advance NBA scout), Larry Lewis (assistant coach/director of player development), Thomas Scott (assistant coach/player development), Tom Bialaszewski (video coordinator/coach), and J.J. Outlaw (video coordinator/player development) will round out Scott’s staff. “I’m excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique skills, but all share my vision for the future of this team,” said Scott. “Paul is a great basketball mind with vast experience and someone with whom I have worked before, while Jim returns to the Laker family with a proven track record and a tremendous amount of respect around the league. Thomas has worked very hard through the ranks of the video department, player development and the NBA Development League to earn this position. I’m delighted to retain Mark, Clay, Larry, Tom and J.J., who are all highly qualified and have worked tirelessly with our players throughout the summer to prepare for next season. I can say with certainty that our staff is dedicated to upholding the winning culture and tradition of the Los Angeles Lakers.”
Mark Madsen is expected to stay, according to league sources, after spending the past year as a player development coach for former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and an associate head coach with the team’s Las Vegas Summer League team. Madsen also played a heavy role with the Lakers’ drafting efforts, attending both the NBA pre-draft combine and participating in various draft workouts. Madsen also had played nine years in the NBA and was on the Lakers’ 2001 and 2002 championship teams. It is not currently clear what Madsen’s title will be under Scott.
The game went into one overtime, then another. It seemed as if it might never end. Or that Madsen might never stop shooting. He hoisted his first three-point attempt early in the first overtime. It missed, but he didn’t stop there. He took another in the first overtime and five more in the second, with two of the shots coming in try-try-again fashion after a teammate rebounded his miss and fed him the ball for another shot. None of them went in. Madsen finished 0 for 7 from behind the arc (one for 15 overall) during the Timberwolves’ 102-92 loss. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t recall the experience fondly. “Imagine being out there, catching the ball at the three-point line and the whole arena is yelling, ‘Shoot,'” Madsen said this week. “It doesn’t make me feel good. So in my mind, I’m like, you know what, I’ve worked hard on my game. I’m going to go out there and knock these down.”
He hoisted his first three-point attempt early in the first overtime. It missed, but he didn’t stop there. He took another in the first overtime and five more in the second, with two of the shots coming in try-try-again fashion after a teammate rebounded his miss and fed him the ball for another shot. None of them went in. Madsen finished 0 for 7 from behind the arc (one for 15 overall) during the Timberwolves’ 102-92 loss. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t recall the experience fondly. “Imagine being out there, catching the ball at the three-point line and the whole arena is yelling, ‘Shoot,'” Madsen said this week. “It doesn’t make me feel good. So in my mind, I’m like, you know what, I’ve worked hard on my game. I’m going to go out there and knock these down.”
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Mark Madsen: The NBA is a league of specialists and I think Elias could have a number of them. There’s no question in my mind that he can be a defensive stopper. He’s already proven the ability to get out in transition and finish on the break. He can also play the half court game and wear someone down with his size and strength. And as he continues to hone that three-point shot, that can be really big for him. MT: And the bottom line – does he belong in the NBA? Madsen: There’s no doubt in my mind that Elias can play in the NBA. Training camp is where everyone has to prove themselves. Any player coming in has to, but there’s no doubt that Elias has NBA talent.
Madsen will travel with the Lakers throughout the season, working with fellow player development coach Larry Lewis under the guidance of D’Antoni. He’ll be available to work with players “at any time — day or night.” “Whether it’s helping guys understand Mike D’Antoni’s system … being there for the players when they want to work during the summertime,” continued Madsen. “We’ll really focus on helping them to keep their skills honed, keep their skills sharp.”
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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While signs continue to point to free-agent-to-be big man Dwight Howard likely heading to Houston as a free agent next month, a person with knowledge of the situation said Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is adding former Lakers forward Mark Madsen as an assistant coach. Madsen was hired as the head coach of the Lakers’ NBA Development League team, the D-Fenders in mid-May, but has received a promotion before his new job truly began.
Madsen is somewhat of a celebrity, and not just in the Los Angeles area. He was well-known across the league by players, coaches, and fans during his playing career and even after. Recently on the Jim Rome Show, Madsen issued out an invitation to Rome and his crew to a D-Fenders game, in which Rome gladly accepted. As a prominent figure now in the NBA D-League, Madsen admittedly looks forward to bringing any sort of added awareness to the NBADL. “The D-League is a phenomenal league. I feel proud to represent the D-League.” Madsen concluded.