Gary Vitti: Lakers trainer, travel agent

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When Magic Johnson twisted an ankle on the court, Gary Vitti was there to help him. For the past 26 years, Vitti has been the team trainer and has helped every Laker player. Even Smush Parker.

That’s a full time job, right? Heading a five-person training staff, dealing with team doctors and management, working with the players to keep them well through the grind of a season. What more can you want from the guy?

Vitti also handles the Lakers’ travel arrangements, making sure their chartered flights and hotels are booked and that they have practice sites on the road.

What? He’s the team travel coordinator, too? That’s another full time job, especially on road trips. He’s not only got to worry about taping Kobe’s ankle, he’s got to worry about his luggage getting to Dallas on time? And it’s not like trainer and travel coordinator have overlapping skill sets — these are two totally different jobs.

Apparently, Vitti is the one medical professional in America who thinks sleep is overrated. Weird, weird mix of jobs. But if he’s been doing it for 26 years and has a collection of diamond-encrusted championship rings, what are you going to say to the guy?

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.