Kobe was in trouble. He was 30 years old, and his knees were done. Bryant called Michael Jordan and asked for help. MJ’s answer was simple. “Use my guy.” His guy was Tim Grover, and his diagnosis was simple – Kobe’s foundation was broken.
“You build a foundation by lifting weights. The fastest, quickest way to get an athlete stronger is through moving metal.”Tim Grover, GQ Sports
Every organization in the NBA is constantly trying to get an edge. Like in everyday life, there are trends and fashionable innovations that spread like wildfire. In the race to be first, teams incorporate all sorts of workout principles that aren’t 100% proven. We got to a place where players are doing yoga in rooms full of bees. All that resulted in forgetting fundamentals.
“How can you have a sport now where you have so much more technology, you have so much more resources, less contact – more injuries. It’s mind-boggling to me. It’s because everything is rubber band, everything is resistance, everything is cable. There are teams now in the NBA that don’t even have a weight room!”Tim Grover, GQ Sports
Grover’s argument is simple. Moving iron is the single best injury prevention technique. You do a compound movement that can’t be duplicated by any other form of exercise. Sometimes things that have been around since ancient Greece stuck for a reason – and there are studies to prove Grover’s point.
“When you get hit, when you jump, when you land – there’s no pulleys, there’s no cables. Your bodyweight is the metal. You have to learn how to explode with it, and how to land with it, how to stop it.”Tim Grover, GQ Sports
I don’t think Grover believes rubber bands, cables, and medicine balls are useless. But they are not a substitute to weights, but a supplement. THe game has changed, and so did the physical requirements. Players now are a bit slimmer, faster, more agile. The game happens around the perimeter, not in the paint.
But no matter what kind of style you play, ten guys running around a court will always include contact, jumping, and landing. Grover’s argument is simple. The only way to prepare your body for such challenges is to build a foundation by lifting weights. He did it with MJ, Kobe, and DWade. Not a bad resume.