Now the Golden State Warriors are down to only two MVPs.
Warriors’ Head Performance Therapist Chelsea Lane confirmed to the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson that she is leaving the team after three seasons. Lane has agreed to take the Executive Director of Athletic Performance and Sports Medicine position with the Atlanta Hawks.
Given the various injuries to the key players that almost derailed the Warriors’ season, Lane proved to be the ‘Dubs’ real MVP.
Lane worked tirelessly with Stephen Curry throughout his various ankle and knee injures during the season. When Curry missed the final weeks of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs, Lane was by his side-staying in the Bay Area with him while the team was on the road.
After Klay Thompson sustained a high ankle sprain in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, it was Lane with the around the clock treatment during the three day break to get him healthy enough to drop 20 points on the Cavs in Game 2.
While Lane had more extensive work with Curry this past year, her biggest challenge was during the Western Conference Finals when Andre Iguodala went down with a bone bruise in his left knee. While Iguodala did not play in the remaining games of the conference finals and the first two games of the NBA Finals, Lane was able to get Iguodala ready for Game 3.
Lane joined the Warriors in 2015 as a head performance therapist on former head of physical performance and sports medicine Lachlan Penfold’s staff. She would replace Penfold in 2016 as physical performance head.
Lane was the fourth person to head the Warriors athletic training staff since Joe Lacob bought the team in 2010.
(S/O to GSoM community member theslimreaper for posting this as a FanPost first.)