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Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

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

Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah shouts from the bench while the Bulls play against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 10, 2012. The 76ers defeated the Bulls 4 games to 2 to win their playoff series and advance to the Eastern Conference semi-finals. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


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).