The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the NBA‘s proudest and most storied franchises, but haven’t been relevant in years. Seeking to restore their former glory, the team just made a big hire. The Lakers have turned to …
… Kim Kardhashian’s trainer?
Apparently so. And so L.A.
Gunnar Peterson will be the Lakers’ new director of strength and endurance training, the team announced Wednesday. It’s his first NBA team gig — until this week, Peterson was better known for being a celebrity trainer.
Peterson started training Kardashian when she was 19 and as recently as two years ago the internet celebrity was still coming to him five days a week, according to a Sun profile from 2015 titled “Keeping fit with the Kardashians.”
“My brief with Kim is to showcase her curves, not whittle them away,” Peterson told The Sun at the time.
He’ll have a different charge with the Lakers, one assumes. But Peterson’s Hollywood ties were good for a few jokes — and some healthy skepticism — on Twitter.
Lakers hire Kardashian personal trainer; I guess the lakers will learn to twerk better. Now convinced they do not want to win.
— trè parker (@tre92010) May 24, 2017
Lakers hire Kim Kardashian’s personal trainer as their strength coach. Well….I hope they don’t make a huge ass outta themselves😊
— Andy (@AndySullivan12) May 24, 2017
The Los Angeles Lakers hiring Kim Kardashian’s trainer certainly makes for Hollywood headlines, but there’s also legitimate hope here for fans of the team.
In addition to stars such as Kardashian, Penelope Cruz, and Sly Stallone, Peterson has worked with a host of high-profile athletes. One of those athletes is tennis icon Pete Sampras, who gave Peterson a signed racquet thanking the trainer for extending his career, per a 2006 Sports Illustrated piece.
Time see how this works out for the Lakers, who’ve won 16 NBA titles but not made the playoffs since 2013.