D-Fenders tab ex-Laker Madsen as next coach
MAY 13, 2013 10:41a ET
Madsen, a 6-foot-9 power forward, spent nine years in the NBA, three with the Lakers and six with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He retired in 2009 and has since served as an assistant with the D-League’s Utah Flash (now relocated to Delaware) and at his alma mater, Stanford.
“We are very pleased to announce Mark Madsen as the newest head coach of the D-Fenders,” President/CEO Joey Buss said in a release. “Mark understands the emphasis we place on developing intelligent and skilled players who can contribute important minutes with the Lakers and in the NBA. We are confident that Mark’s experience in the NBA will help us reach our goals, further establishing the D-Fenders as a franchise known for producing top NBA talent while competing at a championship level.”
Averaging 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per year over the course of his career, Madsen may be best remembered not for his on-court resume, but for his post-championship dancing, captured in this video:
Madsen replaces Reggie Theus, who left the D-Fenders to coach Cal State Northridge. Theus coached the D-Fenders to a 21-29 record last season.
Madsen will be introduced during a news conference on Tuesday.
“Mark has exhibited all the qualities necessary to excel as a head coach, and we are certain he will help the D-Fenders reach new heights on the basketball court,” General Manager Glenn Carraro said in a release. “He has proven to be the ultimate team player, winning multiple titles with the Lakers early in his career after great success as a leader in college. We are thrilled to have him on the sidelines for the D-Fenders and believe his basketball mind will help our players develop into meaningful contributors for the Lakers and the NBA.”