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Lakers add Mark Madsen as player-development coach

June 27, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Mark Madsen, who was named coach of the Lakers' D-League affiliate the D-Fenders, has been added to Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni's staff as a player-development coach.
Mark Madsen, who was named coach of the Lakers' D-League affiliate… (Los Angeles Times )

Mark Madsen's tenure as the head coach of the D-Fenders were brief.

The Lakers have added Madsen to Coach Mike D'Antoni's staff as a player-development coach, according to a team spokesman.

Madsen was introduced as coach of the Lakers' D-League affiliate on May 14.

"From a young age, I always kind of had coaching in the back of my mind," Madsen said in May. "I love everything about coaching."

The D-Fenders have yet to announce Madsen's replacement.

Dan D'Antoni will be the only returning assistant coach from last season. The Lakers intend to add two additional coaches to their bench alongside Mike D'Antoni.

Alvin Gentry was D'Antoni's top choice, but he is reportedly headed to the Clippers as associate head coach.

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