Scapegoat at Lakers after bad season

The Lakers have decided not to renew their main physical trainer, Nina Hsieh, after the plague of casualties they have suffered this season.

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The Lakers appear to have found a culprit for their woes during the 2020/21 season, in which they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Suns. The Californian team defended the crown that, a decade after the previous title, it had achieved in the Lake Buena Vista bubble, in the environment of the coronavirus pandemic as the axis, but was unable to fight with all its strength due to the long list of injuries he endured during his reign. ESPN's Dave McMenamin notes that the fitness trainer in charge of maintaining the players is the designated person and her contract will not be renewed.

Nina Hsieh was the head of this field in the Lakers for only two years and it has been concluded that it is appropriate to put someone else in charge. She had been with the Lakers for a decade, but working mostly in the development league team until she was promoted in 2019. This would not have been more relevant if it had not already happened with the previous tenant of the position, Marco Núñez, something similar: only He spent three years, from 2016 until he was replaced by Hsieh. It is becoming a trend to aim for that position. The one who worked as a coach before them, Gary Vitti, spent more than 30 years in the job.

Nina Hsieh is honored to have become the first woman to be head of physical recovery services for a champion team in one of the top four leagues in the United States. He succeeded in the 2020 bubble and after having faced the complicated challenge of getting the players ready after the break that the global pandemic forced between March and July and for which the calendar had to be tightened last year and even shortened. in this.

The Lakers entered the season as champions and with the two great stars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, recently renewed. They have been the two main victims. The team was very far from the top positions of the Western Conference and had to go through the torture of play-in, a newly created tool to make the end of the regular phase more attractive, being the seventh classified. And it was not a coincidence.

The coronavirus of Schröder and Gasol also weighed down part of the options to progress, especially in the second part of the campaign, but the injuries themselves due to fatigue, poor recovery or the blows originating in the games were too much. LeBron James has suffered the worst casualty in the NBA, a sprained ankle that has penalized him until the end; Anthony Davis, touched on the knee and, especially, the groin in the series against the Suns. They reached the decisive phase of the year with two other players who were important to win the NBA a few months before, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso, between cottons.



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