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Kobe Bryant's trainer: Heavy minutes didn't cause injury

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11:58 AM ET 04.14 | As Kobe Bryant's MRI results taken this morning, his personal trainer, Tim Grover, spoke with absolute certainty on one thing regarding his client's injury. "It had nothing to do with the minutes he had been playing or anything of that sort"? Grover said in a phone interview with this newspaper. "A torn Achilles tendon is a very freaky injury. It's just one of those things that just happened." Grover conceded the possibility that Bryant's torn Achilles tendon could stem from the bone spurs in his left foot that he has had "for a while." But Grover said it's common for anyone to suffer the injury through every-day movements, such as climbing out of bed or stepping off a sidewalk. Everybody is trying to look at somebody to blame for it whether it be the coaching staff, Kobe, me or whatever it is. But everyone who is involved with him has to take responsibility in this. But it's more of a freakish injury than anything else."

Los Angeles Daily News

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April 14, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Sure! Keep telling that to yourself. I heard they're blaming it on bad luck instead...smh

April 14, 2013  12:11 PM ET

So in other words you don't know. I wouldn't be surprised to see his customers leave as he can't even keep his number one client healthy.

April 14, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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So in other words you don't know. I wouldn't be surprised to see his customers leave as he can't even keep his number one client healthy.

Huh? Anyone with any medical knowledge will confirm exactly what Grover said. He knows what he is talking about. And no athlete will be walking away from the most famous trainer in all of basketball. He has been that for years since he was training Jordan in the 90s.

April 14, 2013  12:39 PM ET

He's a puppet for laker's management. he says whatever they tell him to.

April 14, 2013  12:40 PM ET

Why would I listen to a guy who is a professional trainer, who works for an NBA team, when I can listen to blockheads on the internet? Smh indeed.

April 14, 2013  12:49 PM ET

Garry works for the Lakers and D'umbtoni is his colleague. It wouldn't be a nice approach to throw the coach under the bus. Lakers FO knows very well the D'umbtoni pushed Kobe too hard and could have watched his minutes and health. But for media they have to say otherwise.

April 14, 2013  12:53 PM ET
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Why would I listen to a guy who is a professional trainer, who works for an NBA team, when I can listen to blockheads on the internet? Smh indeed.

Because he works for a NBA team and will say whatever Buss and Cupcake tell him to say.

April 14, 2013  12:57 PM ET

Could steroid/PEDs have had some effect..?

April 14, 2013  12:58 PM ET

blame canada

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April 14, 2013  01:02 PM ET
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Could steroid/PEDs have had some effect..?

Yes. The steroid/PEDs would have become stronger if they injected themselves with Kobe...

April 14, 2013  01:04 PM ET

Whatever caused it, now the Lakers have an excuse. I wanted them to miss the play-offs with Kobe jacking up shot after shot (as he usually does). Now, if they miss the play-offs, they'll chalk it up to the injury. And, should they luck out and win the next two games, instead of noticing how much better the rest of the team plays in his absence, the LA media will claim Kobe inspired them (or even COACHED them) from the bench. What was looking to be a major Karma kickback has transformed such that whatever happens, he/they can avoid the truth that KoME is the biggest problem they have. Very unfortunate.

April 14, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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Whatever caused it, now the Lakers have an excuse. I wanted them to miss the play-offs with Kobe jacking up shot after shot (as he usually does). Now, if they miss the play-offs, they'll chalk it up to the injury. And, should they luck out and win the next two games, instead of noticing how much better the rest of the team plays in his absence, the LA media will claim Kobe inspired them (or even COACHED them) from the bench. What was looking to be a major Karma kickback has transformed such that whatever happens, he/they can avoid the truth that KoME is the biggest problem they have. Very unfortunate.

Lakers have a good roster still and their opponents will most likely rest their own starters, LA can still make the playoffs and get demolished in the first round.

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April 14, 2013  01:15 PM ET
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It's clear he overplayed Kobe in games rather than making him rest. That coupled with new duties of Point Guard have finally caused Kobe to break down.

Throughout this season I've seen the Black Mamba take over Nash's role as the PG so his new "duties" was nothing new. Kobe rules the floor and the Coaches know it, it's his way or the highway just ask Mike Brown.

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April 14, 2013  01:58 PM ET
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Garry works for the Lakers and D'umbtoni is his colleague. It wouldn't be a nice approach to throw the coach under the bus. Lakers FO knows very well the D'umbtoni pushed Kobe too hard and could have watched his minutes and health. But for media they have to say otherwise.

Dumbtonie will be gone either way. It's Kobe who pushed himself hard. Take some accountability for once. Kobe was the coach and the leader of that team. He is not the guy you say no to. Kobe gets and does what he wants w/ the team. And they're winning doing it Kobe's way. You cannot question that.

April 14, 2013  02:05 PM ET
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Maybe trying to be a point guard this year added new wear and tear his body wasn't ready for.

I'd say that wasn't the problem. That actually helped the Lakers out. He found a way to be unselfish and help out his teammates. Trust was the major problem. Not trusting his teammates enough was the reason why he logged too many minutes. He didn't think that his teammates subbing for him weren't good enough. Trust comes back to bite him...

April 14, 2013  02:09 PM ET
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Lakers have a good roster still and their opponents will most likely rest their own starters, LA can still make the playoffs and get demolished in the first round.

If they make the playoffs, don't you think Kobe will get all the credit. For inspiring them while sitting on the bench.

That's what I mean by the injury is a no-lose proposition--whatever happens, Kobe gets credit (if they win, he did it, if they lose, see, they can't win without him).

 
April 14, 2013  02:31 PM ET
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I'd say that wasn't the problem. That actually helped the Lakers out. He found a way to be unselfish and help out his teammates. Trust was the major problem. Not trusting his teammates enough was the reason why he logged too many minutes. He didn't think that his teammates subbing for him weren't good enough. Trust comes back to bite him...

Play, pause, rewind, play, pause, rewind, Play, pause, rewind, play, pause, rewind.....

The avatar and name changes but the broken record still the same. LMAO

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