Tim Grover Rumors
Channing Frye: “Ultimately, I didn’t get redshirted. In fact, I had a great career at U of A. My senior year I averaged 16 and 8, and entered the NBA draft. My family is from New York, so of course they wanted me to go to the Knicks at pick number 8. (I was ranked in the 100s in my recruiting class, for perspective.) Eight felt like a fucking stretch. But I had been working out with Tim Grover and Mike Pricopio. Mike is one of the smartest minds in basketball — he’s the guru who Kobe would call at 3 a.m. to go over game film. Scouts heard about me working out with Mike and thought, Wow, this guy must be legit. I got picked by the Knicks, and since the draft was at the Garden, I got booed, of course. When I got to the NBA, that first Knicks group was pretty dysfunctional. But it was on me, too. I didn’t understand the game as much as I should have. I should have watched more film. Instead of thinking of the team, I was thinking about me. That Knicks team went 23–59.”
Tim Grover: Competitive dominance is about commanding fear and respect. I wrote about this in my book “Relentless,” and I’m retelling it here because it’s the best intimidation technique I’ve ever seen. Only one guy could pull this off: During the playoffs, Michael Jordan would occasionally wander into the opponents’ locker room, on the pretense he just wanted to say hello to a close friend on the other team. Now, if you knew MJ, you knew that was completely ridiculous because MJ didn’t care about saying hello to anyone, including his own teammates, especially right before a game. But try telling that to the guys in the other locker room: They’re getting ready to play, thinking about facing Michael Jordan and the world champion Chicago Bulls … and in walks Michael Jordan himself. The whole place would suddenly go completely silent, every pair of eyes following him, watching, wondering, waiting.
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.
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.
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.
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.