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Mark Madsen (@madsen_mark) is currently the Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Coach, previously serving as a coach in the NBA Development League, an assistant coach at Stanford University, and the Los Angeles D-Fenders coach. A former basketball player from Stanford University, Madsen was selected in the 1st round of the NBA draft by the Lakers. With 9 years of NBA experience Madsen spent 3 seasons with the Lakers and 6 seasons with the Timberwolves.

In this video, Madsen tells us about his favorite coaches and why they had such a profound impact on his career and life. When describing these coaches, he says things like "He's a person with great integrity, "He was our biggest fan," "He pushed you to be your best," "He was all about personal development." All of these statement show how Madsen's most empowering coaches clearly cared and trusted about the athletes, qualities all youth coaches can aspire to emulate.