HoopsHype Tim Grover rumors

August 3, 2014 Updates

Famed trainer Tim Grover (he’s worked with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade) has now given his take on the matter, providing a step-by-step process of George’s recovery. Tim S. Grover: Probable Paul George timetable: 3-4 months: cast. Walk: 6 months. Run: 9 months. Plyo: 11 months. Basketball activities: 12 months. Mental return? No timetable. FanSided

March 15, 2014 Updates

All along, Procopio kept working at summer camps, especially one at trainer Tim Grover’s Chicago gym. In ’06, Celtics forward Paul Pierce was walking in to lift weights with Grover as Procopio was walking out, and Pierce and Procopio agreed to meet later for an on-court workout. Grover witnessed that session and approached Procopio. “That was great work,” Grover told him. “I’ve never seen a guy who looks like you work out a guy like that.” “Take a ticket and stand in line, because you’re not the first guy or the last guy to tell me that,” Procopio responded with a smile. “Would you like to work for me?” Grover offered. Suffolk Magazine

February 12, 2014 Updates

Exum will soon be making his pilgrimage to L.A. to begin prepping for the draft with renowned trainer Tim Grover. Grover rose to fame training Michael Jordan and currently has both Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant as clients. If Exum is going to get stronger and learn the NBA game, it doesn't get much better than Grover. ESPN.com

December 19, 2013 Updates

The explosion wasn't back – and maybe never will be – but his ability to operate with and without the ball, his ability to make shots, big shots, too, had slowly, surely started to return. As one NBA coach who has scouted Bryant heavily in his comeback said, "He still had a long ways to go." Bryant knows that, too, and yet maybe there's a way that returning to rest and rehab can be a benefit for the last leg of his career. For those who believed Bryant had come back too soon from the Achilles tear, these several weeks promise to give the tendon more time to recuperate, more time to strengthen again. "This could be his best chance to come back stronger," his longtime trainer Tim Grover said on Thursday. Yahoo! Sports

December 14, 2013 Updates
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Dwyane Wade is starting an important offseason, one in which he must balance recovery from more knee issues and Pat Riley's challenge to drop weight and develop his game. To do so, he has rehired famed trainer Tim Grover and will work with him for six weeks leading up to the Miami Heat's training camp for the 2013-14 season. Wade has vowed that he will return a different player than he was at the end of last season, when he was limited by bone bruises and tendinitis in his knees. The 31-year-old guard averaged 21.2 points per game during the regular season, but just 15.9 PPG in the playoffs. So to return to form, Wade has reached back into his past and out to Grover, whom he has worked with many times before but not for the past few summers. "I don't train my clients to be good as new, I want them to be better than ever," Grover said about working with Wade again. "That's the goal for Dwyane." ESPN.com

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April 18, 2013 Updates

Tim Grover: “Everyone is saying ‘can Kobe Bryant come back close to where he once was?’ My job is to get him better than he once was. With all the technology that is available to us and all the different resources and the training available for this surgery now, there is no doubt in my mind that can happen." Sports Radio Interviews

April 17, 2013 Updates

Grover says Jordan didn't have the flu at all. Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose have recently debated whether or not Jordan was in fact hung over for that game, a suggestion that Grover scoffs at. The real truth, Grover says, is that Jordan was poisoned. "100 percent," Grover says on TrueHoop TV. "He was poisoned for the 'flu game.' Everyone called it a flu game, but we sat there. We were in the room." Grover explains: We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like nine o'clock. He got hungry and we really couldn't find any other place to eat. So we said eh, the only thing I can find is a pizza place. So we says all right, order pizza. ESPN.com

You mentioned how Gilbert Arenas changed his personality after the gun incident and Tiger Woods publicly apologized after his scandal, and yet both still struggled. Conversely, Kobe blocked out his legal situation in Colorado and played some of the best basketball of his career. Why is he able to do this while others can’t? Tim Grover: Because Kobe and Michael had the ability not to think of external things. When they stepped between the lines, it was like, “This is my safe haven. No one can touch me here. Nothing’s gonna happen. All that other stuff, once the whistle is blowing and I step across that line again, it’s still gonna be there, so I can’t let the other stuff affect me and the end result of what I do. I’m focused in on thing. I play basketball. This is what I do. I can’t let that other stuff distract me from doing this.” It’s the ability to shut it all down, not from a physical standpoint, but from a mental standpoint. Land O'Lakers

Tim Grover: The biggest difference is Kobe wants to know why we’re doing certain things. He wants to know the reason for it, why, what’s happening, and so forth. Michael said, “Just get it done. I’m playing basketball. This is what I do. This is what you do. I don’t need to know. I’m not interested in any of this stuff here. This is why I hired you, so I can stay focused on what I need to do.” Kobe wants to more of the details. Why am I eating this? Why am I doing this at this particular time? What is going on here? Here’s very attuned to this stuff. But I think the thing they both have in common, and the reason I call them both Cleaners, when a Cleaner screws up, he admits it. He says, “Hey, I screwed up!” I try to tell people, if you mess something up, just say, “Hey, I messed up or I effed up.” Land O'Lakers

Kamenetzky Brothers: How much has Kobe grown as a leader in this regard? He’s gotten better about positive reinforcement with Pau, but he’ll also use phrases like “white swan,” “Bambi legs,” or “big boy pants.” Tim Grover: He’s gotten much better, but a Cleaner, the majority of the time, they’re always gonna revert back to who he is and say the first thing that comes to his mind. It’s going to be very short. It’s usually gonna be very harsh. But that’s the way they really know how to get their point across. And that’s their natural instinct, so they always have to catch themselves for a split second. He’s gotten much better. [Last week's game against Portland] was a great example. Normally, you see Kobe, when he had a first half like that, he’s trying to go out and get 50, 60, 70 points. But in his press conference afterward, he said,” In the second half, I wanted to make a conscious effort of getting my big man involved in there, because I know if I don’t, they end up standing around, just watching me.” That’s the evolution of starting to think, “I need these guys, not only to get to the playoffs, but to go far into the playoffs. I gotta keep them engaged.” Land O'Lakers

Kamenetzky Brothers: The book mentions how Wade consciously held back his game in 2012 to get the most of LeBron James and for the sake of the bigger picture. He also recently told USA Today he knows he’s still a top 5 player and could put up bigger numbers if he cared. How rare is such a concession for a Cleaner? Tim Grover: You don’t have to be the top player on a team to be the Cleaner of the team. You just have to be able to produce in all situations. Dwyane, in order to get that second championship and get the most out of (James), knew he had to pull back a bit and let LeBron take this pressure on and take this team where he wasn’t able to in the Cleveland situation. Dwyane knew if he was able to do this, the end result is going to be obtainable, which is a championship. And that’s all that matters to a cleaner. It is the end result. Land O'Lakers

April 14, 2013 Updates
April 13, 2013 Updates

Now, Bryant had made a hard cut to push past Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and suddenly he collapsed to the floor, reaching back to clutch his heel. "I told myself, 'If he goes out of the game right here, it's the Achilles,' " Grover said by phone late Friday. "But whatever it was, I knew he was going to shoot the free throws first." Yahoo! Sports

Halfway across the country in Chicago, the man responsible for spending thousands of hours with Bryant and steeling Bryant's body for so long against the threat of catastrophic injury, sat in the somber silence of his living room. "I thought about all the work, all that he puts into this," Grover said. "I thought about what it means to him." Yahoo! Sports

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