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Joakim Noah worked out with Kareem this summer

Sep 19, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

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Joakim Noah doesn’t have what you would call a traditional low post game. No doubt he has touch around the rim and will out-work you for everything he can. He averaged 10.2 points a game on 50 percent shooting last season.

But this year, you might see a little more from him. Which is good because with Derrick Rose out for much of the year (and likely not quite his old self when he does get back) the Bulls could use the points.

Noah has spent the summer working out with NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six time MVP, six time NBA champ, all time leading NBA scorer, often overlooked in GOAT conversation). Noah said he was going to do this before the season and Gary Washburn of the Washington Post confirmed it on twitter.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar @kaj33 tells Globe he worked with #bulls C Joakim Noah this summer & expects him to have expanded post game this season

I like this pairing. Remember when the Lakers brought in Kareem in to work with Andrew Bynum, and Bynum eventually grew tired of Kareem’s harping on his fundamentals? A summer of work on footwork, core post moves with counters and that kind of thing could really benefit Noah, who has the skills and energy to put them to good use.

We’ll see what happens, but it’s something to watch with Noah this season. He should get his touches.

  1. money2long - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    i think 50 percent from the field for a center is low. i dunno. 55%+ is where it should be in my opinion. and anywhere from 60+ is much respectable. mainly because you’re a big man, playing mainly from a distance on the court that is in high percentage vicinity. so i just expect better.

    • money2long - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      50%, for a center, to me, i just get the impression that you in retrospect, easily and probably often, had numerous games where you shot over 50 just as much as you shot in the 40% range. and that suggests that the kareem training was a much needed step to help improve his promising game. i love the kid’s energy. and i haven’t noticed too many times where he let missing a shot get to him when he is playing good defense and rebounding. that is his strength any how. but polishing his offense can’t hurt and is smart. i like when he and taj gibson play together. they both have a relentless sort of style. remember when taj dunked on wade? anyone?

  2. willcoop62 - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Noah is not your classic back to the basket post man. He helps to facilitate the offense because he passes the ball so well and he keeps the ball moving. If he adds another three points to his already 10.2 it’s a success.

  3. 16x8equal49ers - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I’m excited. Looking forward to it. Go Bulls.

  4. canehouse - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    It matters not… he is still gonna be a 10 / 10 guy… which is nice… but he will mever ever ever play at Kareem’s level… although he is probably as big as a douche bag as Kareem is.

    • money2long - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      i don’t think the the training suggests that whomever kareem trains should have expectations to one day be as good as kareem. that’s not what they are paying for. the training is in fact just to help fix kinks, polish, and improve. that’s all.

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      We’ll defer to you on levels of douchery. I would imagine, based on your post, you’re way up there yourself….

  5. 28loose - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Umm, pretty much no one will play at Kareem’s level. He is one of the greatest centers to ever play and is the all time scoring leader. Learning from one of the all time greats can’t harm his game.

  6. itsthemelman82 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Makes perfect sense since he’s gonna have to up that average a few points until D. Rose gets back. I’ll gladly take 14 & 10 from Jo a night! Great by him looking to expand his game on offense

  7. bullysix - Sep 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Great move on Noah’s part to work with one of the best offensive center in NBA history, I expect that it will be a big move for Noah even better when Rose returns

  8. manchestermiracle - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Let it not get lost in all the deserved kudos to Abdul-Jabbar’s offense that he was also a very, very good defensive center. Noah likely benefited from that as well.

  9. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Noah is great for the Bulls. He and Rose are essential to bring the Bulls back to the Promised Land.

    Wished the Lakers had Noah instead of Howard… a pipe dream, I know.

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