Former Syracuse G Rob McClanaghan has become the NBA’s premier trainer

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Rob McClanaghan (C) with Carmelo Anthony (L) and Jim Boeheim (R).

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Former Syracuse walk-on Rob McClanaghan is one of the NBA’s elite trainers. His clientele list is a who’s who of the NBA, as McClanaghan has worked with superstars Steph Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and Kevin Love, among others.

Rob joined me this week on The Juice on the Cuse podcast to talk about how NBA players stayed sharp during the COVID-19 hiatus. One player in particular stood out: former Syracuse superstar Carmelo Anthony, whose “skinny Melo” photos in July shocked many.

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Rob also reminisced on his Syracuse days and his relationship with head coach Jim Boeheim. You can read more about his rise to become one of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in basketball in his book, Net Work: Training the NBA”s Best and Finding the Keys to Greatness.

Editor in chief Brad Bierman then joins me to chat more about another disappointing game for the Syracuse football team in a 21-10 loss to Pitt. Tommy DeVito continues his struggles, but is it his fault? Brad breaks it down.

Still, the difficult portion of the opening schedule is behind them, and Brad believes Syracuse is in for some improved play against Georgia Tech at home this weekend.

Brad closes the show by talking about the opening of the renovated Carrier Dome this weekend, while I talk about former Syracuse star Jerami Grant’s career night against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA playoffs.

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]