Season Preview - Mark Madsen
We continue our in-depth season previews with all you need to know about Mark Madsen.
Scroll down for: Madsen's Bio; Madsen's Numbers; Coach J.B. Bickerstaff's analysis; Timberwolves.com analysis and Madsen's Five Facts.
As a fifth-grader at Montair Elementary School in Danville, Calif., Mark Madsen was dubbed "Mad Dog" by his P.E. teacher and the name has stuck throughout his career. Growing up in Danville, Mark was one of 10 children. After an solid high school basketball experience, Madsen embarked on a Mormon mission trip to Spain.
Putting both basketball and college on hold, Madsen toured the country, becoming fluent in Spanish in the process. Upon his return to the States, he played out his college career at Stanford University, earning a degree in economics while averaging 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds for The Cardinal. He received All-American honors and was named to the All-PAC 10 First Team following his junior and senior seasons.
In the NBA, he has earned two championship rings - the only rings on the Wolves - with the L.A. Lakers after they drafted him 29th overall in 2000. He's known as one of the hardest workers in the league, and really does all of the proverbial "little things" for a basketball team.
COACH J.B. BICKERSTAFF SAYS...
"Mad Dog is your spirit. He's the guy who, through good times and bad times, you can count on to lift you up. You need that in this business, because you have your ups and downs. Nothing is ever perfect in the NBA. But his energy, his intelligence, and ... Well, you know Mad Dog. He's just that guy."
Sure, if you're ever met Mad Dog, heard him talk or heard those that know him (or cover him) talk about him, you get the fact that he's the world's nicest guy. But he's sometimes dismissed as a player because his offensive game, scoring wise, isn't the best in the business. However, when he's on the floor coming off his shoulder injury, take a look at one little statistic: plus/minus. There's a reason why Dog is always in the top two or three on a squad in that category. He sets screens, he plays weak-side defense, he fires up whoever is on the floor with him, and he moves the basketball when it comes to him.
MADSEN'S FIVE FACTS
1) Madsen is one of 10 children.
2) A member of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Madsen went on a two-year mission to Spain and is fluent in Spanish.
3) Mad Dog ranks in Stanford's top-10 in blocked shots and rebounding.
4) Madsen led Stanford to the Final Four in 1998.
5) He lists graduating from Stanford as his greatest personal achievement, and the San Francisco 49ers as his favorite non-NBA team.
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