The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis as player development coaches. The hirings were reported last month, yet they have only just been officially announced.
In a press release from the Lakers, head coach Mike D’Antoni and D-Fenders president and CEO Joey Buss praised the coaching talents of both Madsen and Lewis:
[pullquote]The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis of the Los Angeles D-Fenders as player development coaches, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
“Both Mark and Larry bring a high level of credibility to our staff,” said Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. “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. Larry has proven to be a natural at helping develop players for the D-Fenders since transitioning from nearly two decades of playing abroad and in the CBA. We expect that he will make a great player development coach at the NBA level as well.”
“While we were looking forward to having Mark as our head coach for the upcoming season, we’re thrilled that he now has the opportunity to help further develop players on the Lakers roster,” said D-Fenders President & CEO Joey Buss. “Both he and Larry, who has done a tremendous job working with our players over the past two seasons, are perfect examples of what the D-Fenders are all about; namely developing talent. Having sent eight players to the NBA over the past two seasons, we’re excited to now see the synergy of the Lakers and D-Fenders pay off in the coaching ranks as well.”[/pullquote]
Madsen won two championship rings with the Lakers 2001 and 2002. He was hired as the L.A. D-Fenders’ head coach in May, yet after impressing D’Antoni and Mitch Kupchak in meetings, he was given a promotion.
Meanwhile, Lewis spent the last two years coaching with the D-Fenders. Before that, Lewis traveled around the world playing basketball, making stops in countries such as Argentina, Japan, Great Britain and Spain.
Madsen and Lewis have both been in Las Vegas this month with the Lakers’ Summer League team.