Three years ago, Chris Brickley was sleeping on the floor. It was after 1 a.m at Platinum Sound Recording Studios, a small space above the din of Times Square in New York City. Brickley was a neophyte basketball coach, hanging out at a recording session while the three guys from a pre-Culture Migos were passed out, too. “I fell asleep and Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff were sleeping in the corner on the floor,” Brickley says. “Looking back at it, it’s crazy to think how I was trying to come up.”
Now, he watches from backstage as Migos — arguably the biggest group in hip-hop — perform alongside Drake at Madison Square Garden. It’s a full-circle moment that reflects where Brickley is at now. “I’m super blessed,” he says.
Brickley is indeed blessed. At 32 years old, he is the NBA’s hottest trainer. His off-season workouts attract basketball’s uppermost echelon. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and James Harden are just a few of the titans to pass through his gym this summer — often pitted against one another in lively open runs. The training moments he shares with his 478,000 Instagram followers — such as a hoops session with Quavo and Travis Scott — go viral.
“He’s the king of off-season,” says New York Knicks center Enes Kanter. “Every NBA player wants to come work with him.”