Minnesota Gets An Early Christmas Gift; Joakim Noah Learns Post Moves From Kareem

By: 09.21.12
Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn’t allowing Hakeem Olajuwon to corner the market on big man tutorials just yet. Kareem had taught Andrew Bynum before, but we all know that that situation didn’t end well. He has a new muse now in Joakim Noah. He said he expects Noah to have a more “expanded” post game this season, which can’t be taken as just gravy good news for a dominant Bulls team of the past two years. Instead, with the team’s rash of free agency defections — you can dog Omer Asik but he was a good post player on both ends — any improvement by Noah’s offense is necessary for this club. We wonder if this was a student-teacher deal or if it was a straight-across trade, with Noah dishing out tips to Kareem on his favorite dance moves, too. On a serious note, though, it’s just good for the Bulls to know he’s healthy again after missing out on the Olympics with Team France. … The only things dropping faster than Stephen Jackson‘s photos from his Stak5 promo tour on Instagram are new colorways of the LeBron X. This is the “Blackout” colorway, a strictly business joint that we could see him suiting up in for games goes into his no-emotion mode and drops a triple double or a 40-and-10 night. … Bummer news out of Phoenix, where Channing Frye is out indefinitely with an enlarged heart. The dude never caught on in Portland, where Nate McMillan never embraced him stepping out to 20, 22 feet but he’s been resurgent as a Phoenix with Alvin Gentry. The Suns announced the move. … Other medical news of the day, but for happier reasons, came out of Golden State. The Warriors love to run, even under Mark Jackson, but their two best players can’t even run right now. Here’s the good news: Steph Curry and Andrew Bogut are on pace to be back in the early season. Curry was cleared today for full five-on-five scrimmages after his right ankle surgery, while Bogut checked in from Australia to say that he’s on pace for training camp and the first game. … Lastly, Terrence Williams is going to be a Piston, Yahoo reported. … We’re out like Keyon Dooling.

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