Mark Madsen becomes the D-Fenders’ head coach

Somewhere, Mark Madsen might be dancing.

The popular former Lakers reserve has been named the head coach of the D-Fenders, the team’s Development League affiliate. The Lakers recently lost Reggie Theus, who left to take a head-coaching job at Cal State Northridge.

Madsen, who spent last year in his first season as an assistant at Stanford, played nine years in the NBA and was on the Lakers’ 2001 and 2002 championship teams. He earned a place in Lakers lore both for his constant hustle in practice and for his unique dancing style during championship parades. Madsen also spent two seasons in the D-League as an assistant for the Utah Flash.

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