Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

The NBA’s New ‘It’ Trainer

Dude is 38, bald, and Jewish. He’s also one of the most sought-after personal trainers by players in the L: “Though he doesn’t know who started it, Mr. Ravin’s nickname in NBA circles is ‘The Hoops Whisperer.’ Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony flies Mr. Ravin to Denver several times a season to help him with his ballhandling. Star New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul turns to him in the summers to sharpen his footwork and Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who scored 15 points Saturday in his first game back from a knee injury, worked with Mr. Ravin throughout his rehabilitation. When Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson first met Mr. Ravin in Charlotte two years ago, he says, “I was, like, ‘This dude has no idea about basketball.’ He was a short guy, and when he asked if he could work me out I was like ‘Yeah, whatever.’ The 45-minute session later that evening turned out to be ‘the hardest workout I’ve ever had in my life,’ he says.”

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  • suns2strong

    Thats how it is sometimes. you get these guys that look like complete scrubs but turn out to be hoopers.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    “hoopers” is one of the ghayest things ive heard in a while. Plus hes a trainer no one said he could ball.

  • RuPaul

    Fresh pair of eyes. What! He doesn’t ball?

  • dareuhl

    ‘Boing dynasty’ sounds pretty gay.

    Anyway,the guy is right.You don’t need to be a basketball player to train a basketball player.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i dont think anyone said the trainer was a hooper, they’re just saying he didnt look like he knew anything and he did…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and he’s really a player development coach

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Whatever, You see he is the chosen one.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    You can do anything jew put your mind to.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    To make ends meet, Mr. Ravin operates a group of ethnic dating sites from his laptop — including Ethiopian Personals and Eligible Greeks. — WHat?!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    looks like he’s been around for a while though….his site has a story about how CP3 went head to head with Arenas on one on one drills prior to CP being drafted…and he killed Gilbert in all of them.

  • Herfdawg

    the dude is awesome. imagine dribbling two balls at different speeds, moving sideways up and down the court, with a tennis ball machine aimed at you, and firing, the whole way. that’s the kind of stuff this guy does.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    is that serious?! thats an awesome workout. he probably throws spanners

    *dodgeball reference anyone*

  • ti-sizz

    TAD.. what a pun, what a pun haha!