The forgotten NBA star, who won two titles with the Lakers dynasty, gets a new job after he “beat up” Shaq during his career

Former NBA star Mark Madsen has been given the opportunity to coach a college Pac-12 conference team.

The two-time Los Angeles Lakers champion, 47, will become the head coach of the California Golden Bears.

Former NBA center Mark Madsen was named the Cal's head coach


Former NBA center Mark Madsen was named the Cal’s head coachPhoto credit: Getty
Madsen began his NBA career in 2000 with the Los Angeles Lakers


Madsen began his NBA career in 2000 with the Los Angeles LakersPhoto credit: Getty
Shaquille O'Neal admitted in May that Madsen dominated the Hall of Famers in practice


Shaquille O’Neal admitted in May that Madsen dominated the Hall of Famers in practicePhoto credit: Getty

Previously, Madsen was the basketball coach at Utah Valley University for four seasons.

Last season, he led Utah Valley to the WAC regular-season title and a trip to the NIT semifinals.

The 1.90 meter tall Madsen was a college basketball star at Stanford.

He was a star for the Cardinals as the team reached the Final Four in 1998.

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Then Madsen was drafted by the Lakers in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft.

He would serve as the replacement for legend Shaquille O’Neal.

In May, O’Neal revealed this during the TNT show Internally NBA that Madsen, in practice, dominated the Hall of Famers.

“Rabid dog [Madsen] always killed me,” Shaq recalled.

“He used to beat me badly.”

Former Laker Robert Horry, who also appeared on the television show, agreed with Shaq, saying, “Mad Dog.” [beated] him in practice.

Madsen contributed to back-to-back Lakers championships in 2001 and 2002.

He was known for his extraordinary dance moves in the respective title parades.

In 2003, Madsen signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he played for six seasons.

Madsen would retire in 2009 after playing his final season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

He averaged 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game.

The 46-year-old was the Lakers’ assistant coach for six seasons.

Mad Dog will now lead Cal as the D1 school has endured a disastrous 3-29 season.


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