Lakers strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco resigned from his position on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Lakers assistant strength and conditioning coach Sean Light is no longer with the team, which a Lakers spokesperson said is “part of the reorganization of basketball operations.”
As for DiFrancesco, he ended a six-season run with the Lakers that began in the 2011-12 campaign. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have said they would continuously reevaluate all members of the organization since their hiring in February. Johnson and Pelinka also had told players in their exit meetings that they needed to improve their conditioning and decrease their body-fat percentage. But the Lakers said DiFrancesco’s departure did not stem from any front-office evaluations.
“He resigned to pursue other opportunities,” Lakers spokesperson Alison Bogli said of DiFrancesco. “It was mutually agreed upon. The Lakers thank him for all of his service and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”
DiFrancesco worked closely with players in individual training sessions both during the season and offseason. He also promoted various dietary habits, including eating grass-fed food and consuming milk. DiFrancesco also kept his personal website active with training and dietary tips. DiFrancesco’s resignation also frees up time for he and his wife to attend to their 10-month-old daughter.
Lakers assistant general manager Glenn Carraro also had resigned from his position in early April after working with previous general manager Mitch Kupchak since 2000. ESPN first reported the news surrounding DiFrancesco’s resignation.