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5 Ways Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Will Help Roy Hibbert

5 Ways Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Will Help Roy Hibbert

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Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers didn't have the storybook ending they had hoped for this season. In fact, Hibbert had one (or two) of the worse playoff performances in recent memory, which may be the reason he has recently reached out to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for help. This won't be Abdul-Jabbar's first rodeo and it's sure to be his most difficult, but check out the five ways Abdul-Jabbar will help Hibbert this year.

5. Leadership

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5. Leadership

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar might be able to teach Hibbert a thing or two about leadership, which the big man and the Pacers sorely lacked last season. Abdul-Jabbar was a standout leader on high school, college, and NBA teams, so he can give some legendary tips to the not so legendary center-piece of the Pacers.

4. Mental Toughness

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4. Mental Toughness

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You don't go scoreless in numerous games without having a breech in the mental fortitude category. This will continue to plague Hibbert, as opponents us this to their advantage. Abdul Jabbar is likely to have a few mental and physical challenges to get the 7-foot-4 post player on the right track.

3. Better Teammate

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3. Better Teammate

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When Abdul-Jabbar played on arguably one of the greatest teams of all-time (Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980's), he was forced to be a great teammate along side Earvin "Magic" Johnson and other legends. If Hibbert can learn anything, it's how to be able to make his team better in more ways than just scoring and defense.

2. Mean Streak

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2. Mean Streak

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Hibbert has been labeled as soft for a long time now. Working with Abdul-Jabbar is his chance to pick up some pointers to shed this label. Even though Abdul-Jabbar was not a tough guy by any means, he never backed down. Hibbert must strike fear in the hearts of his opponents or he will continue to be a target in the paint.

1. Sky Hook

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1. Sky Hook

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If Roy Hibbert doesn't learn the famed Sky Hook from the master in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then his time will have been a waste. Hibbert's lack of an offensive repertoire is a serious problem that can be solved with the throwback post move. Hibbert needs a go-to move and he can start here.