With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
With a healthy roster mix of veterans and young talent, the Lakers coaching staff has the onus of developing the rookies and sophomores while attempting to win games now. Luke Walton has assembled a diverse staff, headlined by former Laker and fan favorite Mark Madsen.
Madsen won two NBA championships as a player with the Lakers, and he has played an instrumental role in developing the younger players. The 2018-19 season marks Madsen’s fifth in a coaching capacity, and he originally joined the staff in a developmental role.
While Walton oversees the club, he will task Madsen with working with the younger players on the roster–specifically the big men. Moritz Wagner will likely emerge as one of Madsen’s biggest projects.
Madsen, along with fellow assistants Brian Shaw and Jesse Mermuys, joined Walton’s bench back in 2016.
Madsen has coached in various capacities since his playing days, including stints in the NBA G League (then D-League) and with Stanford. He played in 453 games during the course of his 9-year NBA career.
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