Assistant coach Mark Madsen is coaching the Lakers Summer League team. We caught up with him after their thrilling win last night against the Warriors.
FORUM BLUE & GOLD: There’s no head coach yet. Thre’s really no system in place. What do you tell the guys out there?
MM: Well, we’re trying to run a lot of generic NBA sets more than anything. We’re trying to help guys learn the basics of the NBA. So right now a lot of stuff we put in, if the new head coach wants to use it, he can because it’s generic sets out of the NBA.
FB&G: Who’s impressed you the most thus far?
MM: A lot of guys impress me. Kendall Marshall, with the stabilizing influence. Julius Randle played a great game. He was aggressive, he attacked… he gave multiple efforts. DeAndre Kane had a big-time effort off the bench. Quinton Ross, who hadn’t played for a couple of camps, went out there and did a great job.
FB&G: The Lakers went through their worst season in forever. What have you, as an assistant coach, learned from this?
MM: You learn that you always keep working and you always keep trying. No matter how bad it looks, you have to continue onward, knowing that things can always change later.
FB&G: So why not you as head coach?
MM: *laughs* I don’t have the experience. Hopefully in five years, that’ll be a conversation we can have.
FB&G: That’s a long wait, man.
MM: Look, man. You gotta be patient.
We’d like to thank the always-awesome Mark Madsen for stopping by.