Los Angeles Lakers

Address: 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Arena Name: Staples Center
Phone: (213) 742-7340

Marco Nuñez

Education: Cal Poly Pomona (B.S.), A.T. Still University (M.S.)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
NBATA Member Since: 2008
After originally joining the Lakers as Assistant Athletic Trainer during the 2008-09 season, Marco Nuñez was elevated to Head Athletic Trainer prior to the 2016-17 campaign. Charged with year-round oversight of the care, prevention, and treatment of injuries to the players on the roster, Nuñez works hand-in-hand with the training staff, coaching staff, and front office to ensure the highest level of performance on the court. The Los Angeles native is also chiefly responsible for player rehabilitation programs and emergency on-court procedures.

Prior to joining the Lakers, Nuñez spent two seasons as Athletic Trainer for the Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, beginning with their inaugural season in 2006-07. While working in the D-League, Nuñez served simultaneously as Athletic Trainer for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, and was solely affiliated with the Sparks for the 2005-06 season. An Assistant Trainer for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League from 1999-2003, he also spent one season as Head Athletic Trainer for the Carolina Cobras of the AFL in 2004 prior to joining the Sparks.

In the summer and fall of that same year, Nuñez worked as a trainer for the movie “The Longest Yard,” attending to the actors, stuntmen, and athletes on set. In addition to winning NBA championships in his first two seasons with the purple-and-gold (2009 and 2010), Nunez also served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. While he always had an interest in medicine growing up, it wasn’t until his freshman year at Cal Poly Pomona where he heard Head Athletic Trainer, Ky Kugler, deliver a keynote speech that he decided to pursue a career in athletic training.

A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Kinesiology and emphasis in Sports Medicine who went on to receive his M.S. in Biomechanics from A.T. Still University in 2013, Nuñez was born in San Diego, but graduated from Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles where he lettered in baseball. When not at practice, a game or traveling with the team, the self-proclaimed “weekend warrior” enjoys baseball and basketball in his free-time along with spending time with family and friends.

Nuñez and his wife Krista reside in Anaheim Hills with their daughter, Caitlyn, and two sons, Liam, and Eli.

Nina Hsieh

Education: Cal State Fullerton (B.S.)
Hometown: Taiwan
NBATA Member Since: 2016
Nina Hsieh begins her first season as Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Lakers in 2016. Prior to the transition, she served seven years as the head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate. In her role with the D-Fenders, Hsieh oversaw all aspects of player health, including strength and conditioning, in addition to handling the team’s equipment and assisting with team travel. She joined the Lakers for both Summer League in Las Vegas and training camp each of the last four seasons.

Hsieh was an assistant athletic trainer for UC Santa Barbara working specifically with women’s basketball from 2004-08, and served in the same role for men’s soccer and baseball during the 2010-11 season. In the summer of the same year, Hsieh was part of the USA medical staff at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

This Taiwan native grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and attended Cal State Fullerton where she received a degree in kinesiology in 2000. After graduation, she pursued her Master’s Degree in sports health care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, where she graduated in 2003.

Hsieh is a NATA Board Certified Athletic Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and holds a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from the NASM.