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Raptors Tab McKechnie As Director Of Sports Science

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Here's a bit of Toronto Raptors news that's kind of flying under the radar: The Raptors announced Thursday the hiring of Alex McKechnie as their director of sports science. He will oversee all athletic training, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. McKechnie worked for eight seasons as the athletic performance coordinator of the Los Angeles Lakers. He is regarded as a leader in core training and movement integration. According to the Sun's Ryan Wolstat, strength and conditioning coach Francesco Cuzzolin, who joined the Raptors in July of 2009, has left the team to return to Italy. Cuzzolin spent over a decade with Benneton Treviso where he first worked with Andrea Bargnani and Raptors executive Maurizio Gherardini. Yes, the Raptors actually employed the strength and conditioning coach responsible for this ironman physique for the past two seasons. That probably explains a few things...

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