Team Member Information
TRADED TO LA CLIPPERS JULY 2009.
Mark Ellsworth Madsen was born January 28, 1976 in Walnut Creek, California. After attending San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA, Madsen, who is a Mormon, served for two years in Spain, where he learned fluent Spanish, as a missionary for his church. He then played NCAA basketball at Stanford, where he finished his career ranked in the school's top 10 in blocks, rebounds field goal percentage and free throw attempts. He averaged 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds. In addition, Madsen helped the Cardinals to four NCAA tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 1998. Perhaps his most glorious moment at Stanford was his dunk and free throw that gave Stanford a lead over Rhode Island, propelling the team into the Final Four, where it lost to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The Los Angeles Lakers selected Madsen in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft. He contributed to the Lakers' world championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, he averaged 8.8 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game in 35.4 minutes per game as a starter. Madsen grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in 17 minutes in a January 29th game at Atlanta.
With the Lakers, Mark Madsen became well known for the way he danced at the victory parades. Pictures of his flamboyant dancing style have been heavily circulated on the Internet and have gained a cult-phenomenon status. Mark frequently brags about his dancing talent on his own personal blog. After his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, Mark Madsen signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent on July 28, 2003.
His first season with the Wolves was average. He played the role as fill-in for other Centers, but still managed to put up several double digit games. He missed 10 games due to back spasms, but the year was still full of records for Madsen. He scored the 500th point of his NBA career, grabbed his 500th career rebound and played his 200th game.
Madsen’s 2004-05 season was plagued by injuries. First, he was sidelined for 24 games with a fractured left thumb, an injury he suffered in a January 7th game vs. Philadelphia. He then returned to the line up for a few games, but eventually had season-ending surgery on March 29 after rupturing a ligament in his right wrist in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. He ended up playing in a total of 41 games, missing 38 due to injury.
As a youth, Mark Madsen attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Madsen credits Scouting with teaching him about leadership, character, and mentoring. Passing on what he learned in Scouting, he started the Mark Madsen Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Camp to teach basketball and character to today's youth.
Madsen is known around the NBA as being the league's best teammate. He passes when he needs to pass and shoots when he needs to shoot. His Championship experience could come in handy in the Minnesota Timberwolves ever get there. He is popular with the fans and the Minnesota Timberwolves hope to keep him healthy and on the court in crunch time.
Mark Madsen update
Mark Madsen has had a difficult time getting healthy for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. He has logged minutes in 10 games and averages 11 minutes through 31 games this season. Madsen uses good box-out technique to grab rebounds away from more athletic players. His inside tenacity is exhibited by the fact he grabs more offensive than defensive rebounds. He is averaging 2.6 rebounds a game this season. Mark Madsen had five rebounds and a steal on December 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The seven-year NBA pro is the top Timberwolves cheerleader off the bench. Timberwolves fans will look for him to get out of street clothes and back into the action before season’s end.
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