What's Mark Madsen Up To?

This summer we traded the hot potato better known as Quentin Richardson to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Sebastian Telfair, Craig “Rhino” Smith, and Mark “Mad Dog” Madsen.  Only two of them made it to the regular season.  Coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. waived Madsen so that the team could go into the season with his usual number of 14 players, leaving one spot open for flexibility during the year.  However, after Kareem Rush’s impressive showing during pre-season, we ended up not having that flexibility anyway.

While Madsen’s enthusiasm would’ve undoubtedly been huge for the locker room, on the court he clearly had the least to offer to the team (although Brian Skinner could probably give him a run for MUP – Most Useless Player).  Initially I didn’t understand why the team would drop Mark since his contract was guaranteed, but it then was revealed that he agreed to accept less money in return for a buyout.  I still don’t understand why, ‘cuz with the economy it seemed like he’d have to be really, really, really lucky to find a spot on another team.  So what happened to him?  He’s apparently an assistant coach for the Utah Flash in the NBA’s D-League.  Now I believe players in the D-League only get paid like $15k-$45k for the season, so I can’t imagine Mad Dog gets much more than that.  Maybe $50k?  Versus as a Clip he was scheduled to make over $3 million.  I mean, I assume he didn’t take any less than $1.5 million in the buyout, and probably it was closer to like $2.4 million (by the way that amount is based on absolut-a-toot-ly nothing official).

Anyway, there’s an interesting video interview of him below.  In it he says he chose the job even though his agent was talking to several teams.  Note that he doesn’t say that any of those teams actually offered him a spot.  Oh and by the way, the Utah Flash?  Yeah, they’re that team that’s in the media ‘cuz the owner hired a fake Michael Jordan to sell out a game, resulting in half the arena emptying out when they saw it wasn’t real (check out the video here).  The D-League & the Flash have so little money, that towards the end you learn that: 1.) The reporter interviewing Madsen is actually just an intern for the team, and 2.) The interview’s actually taking place in the owner’s living room as he piddles around in the background.

That said, the lovable Mad Dog always has some fun and intriguing things to say.  He talks about his infamous dance at the Lakers’ parade, who was the toughest player he ever had to cover, what’s exciting about coaching in the D-League and particularly the Flash’s main coach, and the role that Mormonism plays in his life.  However, he does refuse to respond to the rumor that he only took the job so he could find himself a nice LDS babe…

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