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Nets trainer Lloyd Beckett leaving team, heading back to Maine

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Lloyd Beckett, who has been the Nets head athletic trainer for two years and before that the No. 2 under Tim Walsh, is leaving the team at the end of the season and returning to Maine, where he grew up, to open a physical therapy and performance center.

Beckett was elevated to the top job by Sean Marks two years ago. He’s long been seen as one of the top trainers in the NBA. He was honored with the NBATA David Craig Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award for the 2014-15 season.

According to a Facebook posting by his wife, the NBA life had proved “challenging” and a return to Maine will permit them to “have the time together as a family that we desire.”

Here’s his biography on the NBA Trainers’ Association website...

Beckett joined the Nets from North Carolina where he worked with the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command. He has gained experience through his work in a wide variety of sports medicine settings, from outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics to professional and NCAA Division I athletics. He started as an intern in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, followed by an internship with the Indiana Pacers. He has also worked with the training staffs of the New England Patriots, Providence College basketball, and Brown University football.

Beckett has a doctorate Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University.

Sebastian Poirier is the Nets assistant trainer.