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Los Angeles Defenders, Mark Madsen in 'serious talks'

What’s Mark Madsen been up to?

Well, I’m glad you asked!

Madsen, a former 29th overall selection by the Lakers in 2000, was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater Stanford. Turns out he could be making his way to a new sideline in LA.

Prior to his hiring at Stanford, he was an assistant for the Utah Flash of the D-League.

Should you happen to still be blanking on the name, here’s a fun little refresher course:

He still maintains the distinction as the only man to ever successfully slow down Shaquille O’Neal.

“He used to beat me up in practice,” O’Neal told the LA Times.

His 2000 draft class was home to the likes of Kenyon Martin (1), Mike Miller (5), Jamal Crawford (8) and Michael Redd (43).

He averaged 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.6 minutes over three seasons in LA. He closed out his career in Minnesota, where he played six seasons.

As a teammate of Jason Collins at Stanford, Madsen openly supported Collins’ decision to come out. 

“He said, ‘I’m actually coming out. I’m gay,’ ” Madsen told USA TODAY Sports. “I said, ‘Jason, thanks for letting me know. I got your back.’ “

He was also known to do this from time to time:

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