When my good friend Don over at With Malice suggested I get involved with the NBA’s Unsung Player Day this April 5th, I found myself thinking of only one guy: Mark “Mad Dog” Madsen. Why is he D-Good’s choice? It’s not because he’s a former Laker. And it’s not because he’s a brother who’s better known for his celebratory dance moves than for his accomplishments on the hardwood, though that is something to be admired.
It’s because, while y’all may not realize it, the Mad Dog and I have a lot in common.
A graduate of Stanford University, Madsen learned to play a focused, organized game, typical of his alma mater. Known as a bruiser and grinder, Madsen developed into a hard-working defender who never backs down from a challenge. A graduate of Florida State University, I learned to play a cheating, haphazard style, typical of my alma mater. Known as a bumper and a grinder, I even created my own special touchdown dance, coined the “Criminole,” as a testament to my fellow ex-convict teammates.
Another similarity is our common love of languages. Madsen is fluent in Spanish, after serving a two-year mission abroad in Spain. Whether it’s frequenting the tapas bars in Minneapolis or just conversing with the towel boy, Madson is your man. Similarly, D-good is fluent in the language of love, as I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life. Whether it’s the putas in East Hollywood or the girls in Little Armenia, no one can find a stripper faster than me. And if y’all ain’t ever heard a girl scream your name in Cambodian, I highly recommend it.
So spark one up, and throw the Mad Dog a bone – it’s Unsung Players Day, bitch!