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Lakers pick new trainer to replace Gary Vitti

Lakers pick new trainer to replace Gary Vitti
Lakers trainer Gary Vitti pauses in the locker room at Staples Center on March 28. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Lakers have found a replacement for longtime athletic trainer Gary Vitti, who retired after 32 years.

Marco Nunez will take over for Vitti after logging nine years as the Lakers' assistant athletic trainer, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Before that, Nunez, 40, worked a total of three years with the L.A. Sparks and L.A. D-Fenders.

Vitti lobbied for Nunez to get the Lakers job because of Nunez's familiarity with the team's training staff and techniques.

Vitti was part of eight championship teams and 12 trips to the NBA Finals. He will remain with the team for two more years as a consultant.

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