Change sucks. But it’s inevitable.
Gary Vitti, the man who has seen everything from Magic Johnson being diagnosed with HIV to Kobe Bryant tearing his Achilles’ tendon, will be moving into a different role in a year’s time.
According to a couple of tweets by Bill Oram from the O.C. Register, the Lakers’ longtime head trainer will be leaving the team’s bench after the 2015-16 season.
It seems that Vitti will still be a part of the Lakers organization, though his role going forward has yet to be determined, per Oram:
As Oram notes, Vitti joined the Lakers in 1984 and has amassed 8 championship rings along the way. He’s seen coaches and superstars come and go over the years, and has become a fixture on the sideline for the purple and gold.
However, Vitti turned 60-years-old last year and it seems he’s now thinking about slowing down a little. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Vitti land a role with the team that is a little less time consuming.
Obviously, the Lakers’ longtime trainer has to travel with the team to every game, and that can take it’s toll after 30 plus years in the league, so it seems like we could see a younger trainer take his place on the bench after next season.