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Episode #142

Mark Madsen

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2-Time NBA Champ With The Los Angeles Lakers & Current Head Coach At Utah Valley University Talks His Life Of Basketball

Guest Bio:

Mark Madsen is currently the Head Coach at Utah Valley University. Madsen signed as the Head Coach of Utah Valley University on April 14, 2019. Madsen embodies the mission and the vision of UVU and is determined to help student athletes achieve their goals. 

Madsen is a two-time NBA champion. He was the 29th pick of the 2000 NBA draft for the LA Lakers. He then went on to play six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. After being introduced by Joey Buss and Glenn Carraro as the D-League (Developmental League) team head coach, Madsen was promoted one month later to join the Lakers staff as a full time player development assistant coach. He served under Mike D’Antoni for one season in that capacity.  After Madsen joined the Lakers Staff, Mike D’Antoni commented publicly on the hire:  “Mark has endless energy and is a workaholic. He’s developed players at the college level and I think he’ll do a great job making the jump to the NBA.” Madsen is now working on the collegiate level again at UVU. 

 Some of Coach Madsen’s duties under Byron Scott at the Lakers included: Analytic analysis of Lakers and opponents, player development, working with post players, and scouting a group of other NBA teams. Now, Madsen will focus on recruiting, and retaining Division I athletes in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for UVU. 

Madsen spent one year at Stanford University as an assistant coach for head coach Jonny Dawkins during which time he helped in recruiting, game preparation, and player mentorship.

Madsen will work diligently with student athletes to help young student athletes succeed in not only in basketball, but in life.


Show Notes


  • Introduction (1:26)

  • Being drafted by the Lakers (3:05)

  • Heading to UVU to be the head coach (5:15)

  • The generosity of  Shaquille O'Neal and the friendship (13:08)

  • Online Dating show that Jimmy Rex put together for Mark (15:43)

  • Playing and coaching with Kobe Bryant (19:17)

  • Being nervous for his first big shot and what happened (22:53)

  • The John Wooden principle to loyalty (30:14)

  • Last year coaching the Lakers with Lebron James (32:48)

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