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Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia Reuters

In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek.

But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:

In an effort to improve on the offensive end of the court, Noah revealed on Wednesday during a visit to a Chicago north suburban high school that he plans to train with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer.

Kareem was a special assistant coach to the Lakers, brought in primarily to work with Andrew Bynum. Which he did until Bynum decided he didn’t have anything else to learn from the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and six time MVP. Not to mention a guy with six rings, too. What a very Bynum decision.

Noah has a more unconventional post game than Bynum, but Kareem has publicly praised Noah’s style of play.

Noah is going to have more offensive responsibilities at the next start of season until Derrick Rose returns from knee surgery (especially if the Bulls are without Luol Deng for a month or so, too).

  1. blueintown - May 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I hope this works out. The Bulls are going to be very reliant on him the first few months of the season.

  2. philtration - May 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    I like it.
    I did not want the Bulls to draft Noah at first but he proved me and a lot of other people wrong.

    • LilTmac2003 - May 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      You couldn’t be more right.

      I liked the pick when Bulls selected him. He was super energetic in college and always work hard.

      He just didn’t click with the NBA in his early years. Turnovers, no offensive game, and it seemed at the time like a wasted pick.

      But I’ll give respect when respect is due, he stepped up his game! Plus as a Bulls fan, it’s not easy to lose respect and regain it in Chicago. No sir. I love his energy + hustle, he’s the soul and heart of the Bulls. Now he’s working w/ one of the greatest of all time, that’s great news.

  3. cosanostra71 - May 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    May end up being a better choice than working with Dream. KAJ built Bynum into what he is today and from what I’ve read, Dream only works with players for a day or two.

  4. bearsstillsuck - May 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Is Noah practicing for jeopardy?

    • chicitybulls - May 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Nope. He’s practicing to go to The Finals in a couple of years.

  5. willsolo - May 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Dude works hard, and he is trying to get better. Can’t complain about that.

  6. dadawg77 - May 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Like the fact Noah is moving up the Master of Death house.

  7. blacc24 - May 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I hope it goes better than LeBrons’ lessons from The Dream.

  8. lakerluver - May 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Why not? K. A. J. is one of the most underrated, under appreciated super stars to ever play in the NBA. if you consider high school, college, and pro Kareem could easily rank as the greatest basketball player ever. Considering he played pre internet, the hype surrounding him in high school was probably greater than any player has ever seen.

    • blueintown - May 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      As much as I want to disagree with you, I’m afraid you’re right. It really is remarkable how under-the-radar he is for someone with such an accomplished resume.

    • philtration - May 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      And he learned Kung-Fu from Bruce Lee.
      That alone is pretty bad ass.

    • goodtogo28 - May 19, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      kareem has also paid his dues as far as coaching is concerned and yet he can’t get an opportunity to coach an nba team. sometimes it makes you wonder why some of these recycled losing coaches get job after job but a hall of famer like kareem gets passed over.

  9. isujames - May 18, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    A 70 yo Kareem, big deal.

  10. millionz4184 - May 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    This is a good move for J. Noah. He is a great NBA center with limited offensive ability. Hopefully, Kareem can help his awkwardness into an asset for the team. He is going to have to pick up some sort of post game in order for the Bulls to make a run and stay competitive in the regular season next year. Boozer needs to go with him to toughen him up for the long season next year. He needs to revisit his post moves. Hopefully the Bulls can get Nash or Billups into the fold next season, and we will still have a chance. #Bulls4Life

  11. skizzy79 - May 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    If he gives the ball up on that fast break vs the Sixers we would be talking about Chicago being up 3-0 over Beantown

    • pudgalvin - May 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      If if’s and but’s were candy and nuts, but it makes me sick that those two teams are playing right now while the bulls are sitting at home.

  12. gmsingh - May 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    I sure hope someone tells Noah that playing Xbox 360 with Kareem isn’t going to improve his game.

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