The Los Angeles Lakers have promoted Nina Hsieh to Head Athletic Trainer, it was announced today. “Nina has been an invaluable member of the Lakers and South Bay Lakers training staffs for over a decade,” said Pelinka. “Her wealth of experience, ability to forge relationships of trust with the players, as well as the knowledge and passion she brings to this position, make her the perfect fit for this role, and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
And speaking of reducing Leonard’s load and managing his health, according to Turner, Leonard also wanted to know if he was going to be able to have some say over who the Lakers hired to take care of that and his other needs. It seems like the team is amenable to such an arrangement: “LeBron James was able to bring on his own trainer, his own medical people. (Kawhi) wants to know if he can do that as well. LeBron James brought on some people that weren’t with the Lakers, and he wants to know ‘can I bring with a couple of my guys?’ … And as far as I know, the Lakers would be willing to do that, because you do those things for superstar players.”
At the end of his postgame press conference following Game 2 on Friday, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had one last message. He wanted to give a shoutout to the team’s head strength & conditioning coach, Suki Hobson, calling here the strength & conditioning coach of the year. Antetokounmpo wasn’t just sharing his personal thoughts on Hobson’s influence. He was spreading the news. Hobson confirmed via Twitter on Monday that she has been selected to receive the NBA’s Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year Award, an honor that is voted on by the league’s Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association.
Dr. Ramsey Nijem has a lot to brag about, but good luck getting him to talk about himself. The closest you might get is the pride in which he speaks about the Kings’ weight room in Golden 1 Center. It was Nijem who designed the weight room, down to the logos on the dumbbells. He said he was pretty much given “free rein” over everything outside of the paint on the walls. So Nijem put his focus on technology, maximizing the space for optimal workflow, going heavy on branding with Kings logos everywhere. There’s a reason Nijem spent hours drawing up designs on a whiteboard to come up with a setup players and coaches would like.