Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  13 responses

Joakim Noah Feels ‘Polished Offensively’ After Training With Kareem

Though he’s not ready to start tossing up majestic hook shots after spending time training with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joakim Noah has gained more confidence in his offensive repertoire. Noah realizes that he’s going to have to score more for the Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose sidelined. Per the Sun-Times: “Moving on for Noah meant not watching a game of the NBA playoffs once the Philadelphia 76ers eliminated the Bulls. It also meant realizing that with Rose and his repaired anterior cruciate ligament on the shelf, the Bulls collectively have to make up for the loss. So when legendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reached out to Noah this offseason to work out with him, the 6-11 Noah jumped at the opportunity. ‘I feel a lot more polished offensively,’ Noah said. ‘I worked with Kareem for a couple of weeks, but just because I worked with Kareem doesn’t mean I’m going to be throwing skyhooks from everywhere. I feel like I learned a lot from him, someone who has an unbelievable knowledge for the game and very interesting guy. But you know how it is — you work with him and people think, ‘Oh, he’s going to come back with a skyhook.’ Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. But I’ll tell you what: At 65 years old, though, his skyhook is still nice.’ It might be. But even with Noah improving his offense, there are still 21 points a game to make up with Rose out. That’s why Noah put in extra work, Carlos Boozer came into camp in better shape and veteran Rip Hamilton hired a physical therapist to get him in a better place. It’s about holding down the fort until Rose gets back, and then maybe the rash of injuries that spoiled last season can be forgotten.”

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  • Guest

    Glad to see it took Rose’s injury to make the rest of the team to step it up.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    Glad to see it only takes a Rose injury to make the rest of the team get in shape and step their games up.

  • MackAtttack

    If anyone can bring back the sky hook half as good as Kareem they’d be scoring 5-10 more points a game. It’s incredible what effective techniques players don’t try to use (Underhand free throws, Sky Hook, Moving off the ball instead of standing around on the perimeter waiting for a pass, etc)

  • LeroyShonuff

    He’s been improving every year. We will a top team in the east this yr. Our D will kept us in games and we have a very underrated frontline.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehoteboy CCT

    *jerk-off motion*

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    LOL reminded me of my grandpa doing that when someone’s blowing smoke out their ass

  • spit hot fiyah

    when he comes back they can stop practicing and get fat

  • Conor

    Not many players can do a legitimate hook shot today. They don’t practice it.

    Bryant, Bynum, Duncan, Iguodala, Gasol, Ginobli, McGee, and Paul are the only ones I can recall who shoot it well, consistently & fundamentally.

  • Mike From Spain

    When Noah is polished enough he’ll be shipped to the LAkers somehow


    actually lebron has a nice hook too. he uses he rarely uses it but when he does, it goes in.

  • MackAtttack

    By Paul do you mean Chris Paul? I’ve never seen him do a hook shot lol. Maybe a running scoop but I don’t think he’s had many hook shots. The best I’ve seen is Gasol (more so Pau but I’ve seen Marc do it too), Kobe, LeBron once in a while and Timmy D of course. LOL @ Javale McGee.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i always believed that joakim could have a lot of potential on offense

  • rionags

    nate rob will come up big on drose’s absence