Gary Vitti Rumors
Baxter Holmes: Longtime Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has suggested that the oft-injured Kobe Bryant, who has missed several games recently with a sore right shoulder and a strained right Achilles, should be “shut down” for up to two weeks so that he can rest and heal. “It’s hard for me to say, ‘Okay, I’m going to shut it down for two weeks,'” Bryant said Thursday. “What if it’s better in two days? If it’s not better in two weeks, I won’t play for two weeks. But if it gets better before then, I should be out there playing.”
Bill Oram: Lakers-Celtics is a long way from its glory days, so let Gary Vitti get you pumped for tomorrow’s game. @ocregister: Here’s what we believe as Lakers: “That putting on a Lakers jersey comes with a different responsibility than putting on different jersey. I think the Yankees have that. I think the Celtics have that. I think that’s different. I think these other franchises wouldn’t agree, but I’m saying that’s what we think. That putting on a Lakers jersey comes with a responsibility. That responsibility becomes even greater when you play the Celtics. Even if you’re both the worst teams in the league, it’s different. It’s different.”
Lakers forward Nick Young said that longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti addressed the team about Odom, who played for the Lakers from 2004 to 2011 and had a key role on their 2009 and 2010 NBA championship teams. Odom also won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year honor in the 2010-11 season. At the time, Odom credited his marriage to reality television star Khloe Kardashain for his success. But Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge. “(Vitti) told us pretty much everything that’s been going on and how Lamar was, and how he thought the Lakers were his family,” Young said. “He told us a story about how many people he lost in his life and friends. It’s sad. I don’t know how anybody can deal with that.”
Gary Vitti on Julius Randle: So no matter what we do – we bring in officials, we scrimmage, have a little intrasquad scrimmage, that’s more than what he was doing before. But it’s not as much as summer league. No matter what they’re doing in summer league, it’s not going to mimic training camp. We’re going to play eight preseason games . Whatever those eight games are like and the practices in between, even though the loads and intensity are going to be greater than what we experienced in summer league, there’s still not going to be the same as a real NBA game. When you’re playing with your five guys and playing against their best five, there’s nothing you can do to recreate that. I don’t think people fully understand that. So it takes somebody like me to protect him from himself.”
Mike Trudell: How did you come upon the decision to step down from the job you’ll have held for 32 years after this season? Gaty Vitti: The plan was always to get to 62 (years old), so that I could begin to collect my NBA pension. You can start collecting at 59-and-a-half, but you get a bump if you stick it out. I had to stick it out, but I could have gone longer if I wanted to. That said, 32 years in this position is enough. I’ve spoken to my children quite a bit about it, and I’ve spoken to my wife. I kind of looked at my life as being divided into thirds. I took this job when I was 30 years old, or a third of my life until I began with the Lakers. It will be 32 years that I will have worked here, so that’s another third. My parents are 94, so theoretically I may live for another 30 years. So that’s a third, a third and a third. Two-thirds are behind me, and I’m looking to the third ahead of me to enjoy the fruits of my labor and the experiences and the memories and the relationships that I’ve had through the first 62 years of my life.