I was able to steal a few minutes of former Laker player (now Laker assistant coach and still fan favorite) Mark Madsen about his duties of his new gig.
FORUM BLUE & GOLD: Did you always want to coach?
MARK MADSEN: Coaching is something I’ve always had on the back of my mind that I’ve always wanted to do. I read John Wooden’s book, They Call Me Coach, and I loved it. I loved the book and I loved the message. I feel very fortunate to coach with the Lakers this year.
FB&G: What will your responsibilities be as an assistant coach?
MM: I’m an assistant coach and also a player development coach. I’m really doing both responsibilities in terms of helping players develop on the court and also getting involved with X’s and O’s, scouting, and practices.
FB&G: What about the D-Fenders? You were named coach for them, too!
MM: Well, I was named head coach but within a little while, there was a spot that opened up on the Laker staff and they approached me. From within the organization, obviously with the Lakers owning the D-Fenders, they said, “Hey, we’d like you to consider this vertical move.” And I said, “Yeah, I would love to.”
FB&G: How do you like the moves of the Lakers so far? You guys got Chris Kaman and Nick Young (no question with Wesley Johnson since interview was conducted before the Lakers acquired Johnson).
MM: Two phenomenal pick-ups. I know that there are still some irons in the fire, free agency-wise. But I think Nick Young and Chris Kaman are two great pick-ups that have skills that can help us win this year.
FB&G: As far as your playing career went, everybody remembers you as a Laker but what are your memories playing for the Timberwolves?
MM: I had some great memories with Minnesota. Made some great friendships and I feel so fortunate that I had a chance to go up there.
FB&G: Last question, Robert Sacre told me that he’d beat you in a dance contest. What do you think about that?
MM: IF, even IF Robert would beat me in a dance contest, it’s because he’s part of a new generation. They have a little more fluidity in their dance movements. So it’s just a new generation coming up.
We’d like to thank the ever-so-awesome Mark Madsen for a few minutes of his time.