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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar training Roy Hibbert

Jul 23, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Roy Hibbert with a skyhook?

Pacers president and former Celtic Larry Bird apparently dined with his old Lakers rival, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in the name of helping Indiana’s center.

Abdul-Jabbar posted:

Pacer fans get ready for next season. I’m helping to get Roy ready to become a serious threat to his competitors.

If Abdul-Jabbar helps diversifies Hibbert’s offense, that would be wonderful for the wayward Pacers big man. However, I believe most of these arrangements are overrated. If Abdul-Jabbar could unilaterally translate his skills onto Hibbert, the best players would make the best coaches, and the pupil wouldn’t matter.

It obviously doesn’t work that way.

The Pacers should hope Abdul-Jabbar instills some confidence in Hibbert. After Hibbert’s disastrous playoffs, that would be more than enough to make this partnership worthwhile.

Don’t overlook Abdul-Jabbar’s value due to his sharp mental approach. Hibbert needs that more than a skyhook – though a skyhook would be nice, too.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Hibbert went to Dunkin’ Donuts before meeting Kareem.

  2. reesesteel23 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    What’s that crawling on Hibbert’s head?

    • cantonb0und13 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      A hidden donut.

      • reesesteel23 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Or he ripped Charlie Chaplin’s mustache off and put it on his head.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM


  3. sonnysuave - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Waste of time for all of them. Can’t teach HEART, which Hibbert doesn’t have. Olajuwon trained DHoward, Amare, and Javale McGee… any results? Nope!

    • khadeemw - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      There were results wth amare…he was solid in the post

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        He also worked with Kobe and LeBron, who not so coincidentally are the two best perimeter players in the post.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Kareem Abdul-Jabbar coached Andrew Bynum into an All-Star… I’d say that’s pretty impressive. Most people would say that Bynum doesn’t have HEART.

    • sonnysuave - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Good points. But what’s the chances it helps Hibbert? I’d say pretty slim.

      • bball242322 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        I mean it will absolutely help Hibby, he can’t get any worse, so only room to improve…So the chances are actually pretty high, almost 100% chance of improvement actually

      • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Improvement starts with the desire to improve, and Hibbert is professional enough to have that desire.

  4. patsmiley - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Hibbert needs Jesus not Kareem

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Fairytales are for children. On second thought, Hibbert balls like a child so he may actually need it.

    • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      We ALL need Jesus.

  5. loubearkane - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    This is a great move on Bird’s part , it shows Hibbert he is part of the Pacers future so much so that he is having him work with Kareem. That will build confidence. He might learn a thing or two along the way.

  6. cantonb0und13 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    While, Hibbert looks at Abdul-Jabbar during dinner, only thing he’s thinking about is, Krispy Kareem Donuts.

  7. hurley711 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Honestly how many guys is this that Kareem will have helped? Any results? Not blaming him, but I know year after year it’s KAJ helping this guy and Hakeem helping that guy. Hakeem added to LBJ arsenal and that’s about all I remember.

    • cruzan80 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Amare’s post game was vastly improved last season….

    • marksp18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      It is not the teacher that is the problem. It is the student.

      KAJ learned from the one of the greatest basketball teachers of all time. John Wooden.

      It is time for people to start looking at the lazy overpaid players of today.

      if KAJ and Hakeem were playing now, guys like Hibbert would get destroyed.

      • funkmong - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:26 AM

        Kareem destroyed players, nightly, including Hakeem and his buddy Ralph Sampson, that would otherwise be top centers in today’s game. Patrick Ewing was pretty damn good. Kareem destroyed him.

    • patsmiley - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      You can’t teach mental toughness. Hibbert is soft.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      Kareem did a pretty good job with Bynum. Andrew fell apart after leaving KAJ’s tutelage.

  8. marksp18 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Interesting that the author blows off the knowledge that Kareem has accumulated over his illustrious career (including time with the greatest coach of all time, John Wooden) and how he could impart some of that to Hibbert.

    It is actually very insulting to Kareem.

    If Hibbert applies himself when he is being taught then he should pick up some very good pointers, skills, etc.

    I cannot figure out why more teams do not utilize Kareem to teach their young big men the finer, and finest, points of playing the game.

    Yeah, learning from Kareem is totally overrated. It is like a sports writer learning from Grantland Rice. I mean why waste your time right?

    • csbanter - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Kareem was not exactly the most affable fellow in his heyday. There is a reason why he never became an NBA head coach. Any wisdom he can share with Hibbert is a good thing.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        He was homies with Bruce Lee. Nuff said.

  9. bball242322 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Well done Larry. Do what you can to put Hibby in position to not be as terrible. Thank you

    – Pacers fan

  10. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    He played like a rookie in the playoffs he needs a personal consular not KAJ hell be wasting his time teaching a sky hook to a guy that can potentially go 0 and 0 in a playoffs game.

  11. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    So many haters. I am not even a Pacers fan but the guy has potential but needs work. Confidence will come with practice and learning a more suitable skill set

    • patsmiley - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      you say that like he’s a 2nd/3rd year player. What you see is what you get. He’s got some nice offensive moves and when he shows up for defense, he can be a beast. But the knock on him is that he doesn’t show up every game. And in the playoffs, this guy went MIA many games. No excuse for him to have 0 pts and 0 reb in playoff games.

      • gostlcards5 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Yes, but you say that like he was the only player that was inconsistent and/or MIA at times, which is totally untrue. At some point in time, you could’ve labeled every Pacers player with that during these playoffs.

  12. jammer73 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    I hate to break it to Indy but signing Hibbert was a big oops. No saving that F-up move.

  13. cristren - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Kareem, sure has his work cut out for him.

  14. lalifer - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Wasn’t Kareem also hired to “help” Olawokandi. A number one pick bust? But Olawokandi stated that Kareem had nothing to teach him? Hmmm. Guess thats why he is arguably one of the biggest number one bust in nba history.

  15. jimhudson78666 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Which two 7 footers disappeared in the crunch during the Playoffs? Soft Bosh and The Invisible Man aka Hibbert!

    Both are soft, what Hibbert needs is what Larry Bird had, Fire I’m his Belly to Win! Jabbar didn’t play defense,block shots or rebound, he was an offensive player so what can he teach Hibbert??

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