While LeBron James and Kevin Durant were in London beating up on international teams, and sharing hugs with the First Lady during the off-season; Joakim Noah was doing pool workouts with big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and weekly workouts with Kareem Abdul-Jabber.
In a season where the Chicago Bulls are simply trying to survive without their savior Derrick Rose; Noah has carried the load by being a consistent force on the defensive end and an offensive spark on the offensive end. This production all stems from Noah’s willingness to put in work this off-season.
Noah attributes his stamina and ability to play a career high 39.8 minutes a night to the in-water workouts he had with big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, who trained Noah by incorporating weight training with water workouts.
“I would say I learned just as much about recovery from him as anybody,” Noah said. “The way he trains is unbelievable.”
As if training with a big-wave surfer wasn’t enough; Noah also trained with arguably the greatest center of all-time in Kareem Abdul-Jabber.
Noah was contacted by Kareem to workout together and jumped at the chance to train with the NBA‘s scoring leader.
“I feel a lot more polished offensively,” Noah said. “I feel like I learned a lot from him, someone who has unbelievable knowledge for the game.”
Noah’s dedication has paid dividends for the injury stricken Bulls. Averaging 13.7 points and 10.8 rebounds, it’s clear Noahs improvements are a direct reflection of his off-season training.
Prehaps more big men would come into the season healthy and in shape if they took a page out Noah’s book. Isn’t that right Andrew Bynum?