Joakim Noah Working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Should Take Game to Next Level

Mick AkersAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls moves against Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat at the United Center on April 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Heat 96-86 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Joakim Noah has been known for his high energy and defensive prowess during his five seasons in the NBA, but his offensive game has been nothing to be excited about.

This could change in the 2012-13 season as Noah has been working out with all-time NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over the summer, according to Gary Washburn of the Washington Post. (h/t ProBasketballTalk.com)

Washburn tweeted:

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

If there was anyone to consult with on low-post game, Kareem is the man to do it. He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer, largely in part to his moves down low.

Bulls fans now have something to look forward to in a season that looked lost with Derrick Rose and his ACL injury.

Noah has averaged 8.9 points per game during his career, and put up 10.2 points per game last season. If Noah can get his average around 14 to 15 points, he will become a viable weapon on both sides of the court for Chicago.

Having Noah as a real post option will help out his teammates as well. It will open up perimeter opportunities, creating an inside-outside game the Bulls haven't had in recent memory.

As D-Rose continues his rehab, Chicago fans can turn its attention to whether or not Noah's offseason mentoring will translate to a new, improved Noah on the court.