Chip Schaefer Rumors

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).
“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.”