When I first saw the above video of Brendan Haywood training, I thought, ‘Hey, he and JaVale McGee both like to workout to the mellow sounds of Drake, Lil’ Wayne, and Trey Songzzzzzz just wanting to be successful’. Don’t believe me? Just watch … (well, until some facist decided to disable the audio on McGee’s workout vid because they probably believe in protecting the money going towards more Lil’ Weezy face tats and Drake eyebrow waxings more than they believe in an open source world … oh well).
Then I watched Haywood’s Workout Part II: Jump Shots Juice from Concentrate …. and said, ‘Hey, I recognize that workout guy, he’s The Hoops Whisperer’.
The Hoops Whisperer aka Idan Ravin is a guy based out of Washington, DC who used to be a lawyer, but is now a famed NBA basketball trainer, a job he just kinda fell into. Oh yea, he also runs ethnic dating sites such as Ethiopian Personals and Eligible Greeks in his spare time. No really, he does … go check a pretty good Wall Street Journal profile on Ravin. Too bad Oleksiy Pecherov is gone, maybe Ravin could have hooked him up via a future venture called ‘Ukrainian Ill Na Na’ dot com.
Ravin has also trained guys like Carmelo Anthony (and appeared in one of ‘Melo’s commercials), Chris Paul, and Gilbert Arenas, among many other NBA players listed on his website (including Wizards Mike James, Juan Dixon (former), Javaris Crittenton, Antawn Jamison, and DeShawn Stevenson).
In doing some “interneting” on Ravin, the best thing I came across was this following quote via an interview with Lang Whitaker of Slam. When talking about how his personal basketball playing resume, which is minimal, and how it relates to his ability as a trainer to NBA All-Stars, Ravin said, ”There’s a lot of amazing gynecologists who are men … you don’t have to have one to be one.”
From his videos, Haywood is looking pretty trim. Hopefully Ravin’s unique training methods will get B-Wood’s agility and mobility much improved, and less robotic, for the coming season.