Tim DiFrancesco Rumors
Ingram wants to diversify his scoring with drills on spot-up shooting drills, as well as working off pick-and-rolls, from the elbows and from the block. After offering positive reviews with the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coaches both past (Tim DiFrancesco) and present (Gunnar Peterson), Ingram plans to add more unspecified amount of strength through continuous weight training. And Ingram remained committed to his anticipated workout with former Lakers star Kobe Bryant that will focus on learning how he watches film, scouts teams and studies player tendencies. “Everything we do on the basketball court is mental,” Ingram said. “It’s nothing physical.”
Strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco keeps a leaderboard based on how many workouts each player does for each part of his body. Zubac currently sits at the top of the list and has a goal to stay up there for at least three seasons. “My biggest focus this summer is my body,” Zubac said. “I want to get stronger. I want to get slimmer. I’m already slimmer, but I want to get some muscles so I can fight all these guys in the post.”
The Los Angeles Lakers announced today the hirings of Jennifer Swanson as Head Physical Therapist, Stacey Robinson as Massage Therapist, and Sean Light as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. The trio will report to Head Athletic Trainer Marco Nuñez, joining Assistant Athletic Trainer Nina Hsieh, Strength and Conditioning Coach Tim DiFrancesco, and Equipment Manager Carlos Maples on the training staff.
NBA players are notorious for spending their money on all sorts of lavish delights from sports cars to jewelry to clothing, but a couple of members of the Los Angeles Lakers took it to a whole other level by buying a bovine. That’s right, Chris Kaman, Robert Sacre and Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco bought a cow. This isn’t like Billy Crystal’s pet cow Norman in “City Slickers.” The three of them are going in together on a full cow’s worth of beef after it’s been to the butcher, or approximately 400 pounds of cuts of meat for their freezers. DiFrancesco, who has picked up the nickname “Grass-Fed Tim” around the team because of his belief in the health benefits of eating grass-fed beef, came up with the idea after connecting with a farm that raises grass-fed cows down in San Diego.
Kaman is getting half, 200 pounds, while Sacre and DiFrancesco are getting a quarter, 100 pounds, each. It was originally supposed to be a four-way split, but longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti backed out. “Gary Vitti ran out of freezer space, so I think he’s out,” Kaman said. “So, I got to pick up the slack. I’m happy to, though.”