For a team that lost 140 games to injury last season, you’d think some training staff changes would be in order. But head trainer Chad Bergman and director of performance JoHan Wang are both entering their second seasons with the Golden State Warriors.
Hopefully, they learned something from last year’s injury parade.
According to Rusty Simmons, Bergman and Wang are taking a more proactive approach this time around. Instead of focusing on treatment, the Warriors’ trainers are looking at prevention. That’s a great idea—one that most forward-thinking teams have been employing for the past decade or so.
Better late than never, I guess.
At any rate, the Warriors trainers are now evaluating each player’s physical profiles at the outset of each season, looking for ways to identify vulnerable areas and dietary needs.
The gold standard in today’s NBA training staff hierarchy is still the staff employed by the Phoenix Suns, who managed to keep Steve Nash on the floor for a pair of MVP seasons despite a nagging back injury. Although neither Bergman nor Wang hail from Phoenix, Bergman is actually a product of the San Antonio Spurs’ system. And hey, if you can’t poach Phoenix’s staff, it’s hard to go wrong with the Spurs. Those guys do everything right.
It’s become a pretty tired refrain that the Warriors’ season depends on the health of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut. But the fact that we’ve all heard it a thousand times doesn’t make it untrue.
Bergman and Wang, along with the rest of the Dubs’ training staff are solely responsible for the health of Golden State’s key players. Fortunately, it looks like they’re better equipped to do that than ever before.