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Chicago Bulls

Address: 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612
Arena Name: United Center
Phone: (312) 455-4300
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Jeff Tanaka

Education: Cal – Poly San Luis Obispo (B.S.); San Jose State University (M.A.)
Hometown: San Jose, CA
NBATA Member Since: 2008
Jeff Tanaka brings more than 20 years of experience on the professional and collegiate levels to the Bulls. He spent six seasons as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Bulls before being named Head Athletic Trainer in 2014. He was awarded the David Craig NBA Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year for the 2011-12 season. Jeff has served on the NBATA Executive Committee as Eastern Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative and Secretary. He spent ten seasons as an assistant athletic trainer with the San Francisco 49ers (1999-2008) and spent the previous two seasons at the University of California-Berkeley in the same capacity. In 2001, the 49ers staff was named the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

Prior to his tenure at Cal Berkeley, Tanaka had four stints in the professional ranks, beginning with a training camp internship with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994. He then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the 49ers (1995-96) before accepting a position as an assistant athletic trainer for the NFL Europe Amsterdam Admirals in 1997. After his time in Amsterdam, Tanaka spent the next two seasons at the University of California where he was head athletic trainer for men’s basketball and the men’s and women’s swim teams.

Jeff is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and licensed in the state of Illinois, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and has certifications in Active Release Technique. Tanaka received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1994 and in 2001 earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology (Movement Science) from San Jose State.
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Arnold Lee

Education: University of Illinois at Chicago (B.S.); California Baptist University (M.S.)
Hometown: Naperville, IL
NBATA Member Since: 2017
Arnold Lee started his career at Kennedy King College, a junior college on the south side of Chicago, working men’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball. After 3 years at Kennedy King, Arnold had his first experience in professional sports with the Chicago Bears. He spent summer training camp and preseason with the Bears as an athletic training intern. After his brief stint with the Bears, he became the Head Athletic Trainer for the Windy City Bulls for their inaugural season in the G- League in 2016. After a successful first season in the G- League, Arnold was promoted to be the assistant athletic trainer for the Chicago Bulls.

Arnold is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and licensed in the state of Illinois. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.