Joe Rogowski Rumors
The Rockets did make a change, however, when they replaced Dave Macha, a strength and conditioning assistant, with Joe Rogowski, the long-time Orlando Magic strength coach. Rogowski has long had a good relationship with Dwight Howard, but Morey said that despite appearances there was no connection to hiring Rogowski and recruiting Howard, who works with own strength coach and brought him with him from Orlando to Los Angeles. “I get why people would say that, but it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with it,” Morey said of hiring Rogowski, who is engaged to a Houstonian, Olympic taekwondo bronze medalist Diana Lopez. “We attempted to interview and hire Joe a year ago. He stayed in Orlando. This year was maybe the right time for him to move.” “It’s an area we thought took a big step forward with (Director of Strength and Conditioning) Darryl Eto a few years ago. We decided to look again, to bring in someone else. We found Joe. We think Joe is a really forward-thinking guy and the combination of Darryl and Joe will give us a unique approach there. It’s been an area we’ve continued to make strides in. Hiring Joe is another step in that direction.”
Josh Robbins: The Magic’s GM at the time, Otis Smith, denied that request. … Still, D12 respects Joe, who is very highly regarded.
Josh Robbins: D12 wanted his own personal trainer and personal shooting coach to work with him at the Magic practice facility back in the day.