The Lakers have not just spent their offseason making changes to their roster. They also made changes to their training staff and analytics department.
The Lakers officially announced the hirings of Jennifer Swanson (Head Physical Therapist), Stacey Robinson (Massage Therapist and Sean Light (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach). The Lakers also hired Lorena Martin (Director of Sports Performance Analytics) and Jae Kim (Basketball Data Analyst). While Martin will report to assistant general manager Glenn Carraro, Kim will report to Director of Basketball Analytics Yuju Lee.
The Lakers also added Joshua Wright, who will serve as the Assistant to Lakers coach Luke Walton.
Swanson, who has 12 years of experience working with in the NFL, NHL, MLS, and MLB, served Director of Sports Performance with the Chicago Bulls from 2013-16. Martin recently completed three years of postdoctoral research at the University of California San Diego. She has post-doctorates in epidemiology, biostatistics, and GIS spatial analysis, a doctorate in exercise physiology, and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology. Robinson, who worked at Joubert Physical Therapy in Beverly Hills for the last 10 years, has worked with the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.
Light spent the last four years as the strength and conditioning coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system, and also interned with the New York Yankees. Kim worked last season as analytics manager for the University of California Berkeley men’s basketball team. Wright spent last season as a volunteer with the Wake Forest’s men’s basketball program.