Chip Schaefer Rumors
The Bulls are finalizing details to bring back Chip Schaefer in a prominent role, sources said, continuing their stated offseason goal to overhaul their strength and training staffs. Schaefer served as the head athletic trainer from 1990-98 when the Bulls’ dynasty produced six NBA titles in eight seasons. But this move isn’t nostalgic or symbolic.
Chip Schaefer, the Kings’ director of athletic performance, has a unique perspective: He has worked extensively with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, two of the most superbly conditioned NBA stars of recent decades. Schaefer was the Chicago Bulls’ head trainer for eight seasons (1990-98) before reuniting with Phil Jackson as the Lakers’ director of athletic performance (1999-2011).
“Their routines were a little different in the day-to-day approach,” Schaefer said. “Michael’s approach was more of an intuitive one, where he would modify things depending upon how he was feeling. And (personal trainer) Tim Grover handled a lot of his strength and weight work. Kobe is a person who struck me as liking structure. He is like a pilot with a checklist. He is going to do (A), then (B), then (C), and he is not going to skip any of it. He is very systematic and it works for him.”
“A lot of people know what it takes to be more disciplined, but they don’t keep (the training) up,” Schaefer said. “It takes discipline to get out of bed at 5 o’clock in the morning, to train when you might not feel like it, to do the right things when you have a million things going on in your life. “They were off the charts. And both were sort of indefatigable. Their work capacity is so high. You almost couldn’t sell books – ‘Train like Mike,’ ‘Train like Kobe’ – because very few bodies could withstand the demands. Combine that with the competitive drive to be the best you can be, and nothing is going to stop them.”
The Sacramento Kings today announced Robert “Chip” Schaefer as Director of Athletic Performance, according to General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. A veteran in the athletic training and sports performance field with more than 25 seasons of basketball experience to his credit, Schaefer’s career includes contributions to 11 NBA Championship teams.