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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Sager’s fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC.
NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.
The Rio Games would have been Sager’s fifth Olympics.
Sager has worked for Turner Sports for 34 years. At the ESPY Awards this month, Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.