The Bulls front office has made yet another important hire. On Tuesday afternoon, the organization announced that Todd Campbell would serve as the organization’s new head athletic trainer.
Bulls announce they have hired Todd Campbell as head athletic trainer. pic.twitter.com/8vXSO0BlGs
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) September 29, 2020
Campbell has worked in the NBA for over 16 years. Over the last three seasons, he worked with the New Orleans Pelicans as both an athletic trainer and physical therapist, per the Bulls press release. Before his time down south, Campbell held a long tenure with the Boston Celtics, working with the organization from 2004 to 2017.
Once Arturas Karnisovas came on board this spring, it didn’t take long for him to move on from long-time Bulls athletic trainer Jeff Tanaka. While it’s unfair to blame Tanaka for all of the Bulls unfortunate injury trouble in recent history, someone had to take the fall. Over the last five seasons, the team has been the 5th-most injured team in the NBA. Numerous members of the Bulls current young core have missed extended time due to injury, and if the new front office wants to truly understand what they’re working with, they had to find a way to stop this bad string of luck.
The hope now is that Campbell simply can institute some new practices and offer a fresh perspective that can help keep guys on the floor longer. The fact that he’s been able to hold a steady position for a little over 15 years certainly shows us that he’s more than qualified. Best-case scenario: This is the last time we hear Campbell’s name mentioned.