According to a French interview, Joakim Noah will be working with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer.
REVERSE: Now with the lockout, you’re going to blow. Do you think take the opportunity to do what?You’re going to ask you a little?
JN (Joakim Noah): No, I will go to Chicago because I have stuff to do there but after I will resume training … I want to see Hakeem (Olajuwon – ed), m to go ‘ train with him.
REVERSE: There are particular aspects of your game that you would like to work with him?
JN: Everything! I have the chance to train with the best, I have the best training rooms available, the best weight room, I really just to get there. Now it’s up to me to grow. Sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s hard, but it’s my job.
Hakeem was probably the most skilled post player to ever play the game of basketball. His use of the spin and his pivot foot is truly unparalleled in the league.
Given that he played with such a tremendous skill level rather than dominating merely by physical stature, he would, in theory, make an ideal instructor for anyone.
Joakim doesn't quite have the arm length that the dream had, but he does have the thinner build and if he starts score in the post will need to use a similar combination of spins and skills rather than brute force to do so.
That said, I don't expect Joakim to come out of these training sessions considerably different for two reasons.
Typically, these types of star with star training things don't last that long. They might work out together for a week or so, and Joakim may take back some pointers and new practice habits, but it's unlikely that Hakeem spends the next three months, or however the long the lockout lasts, training Jo.
Also, the best players frequently don't make the best coaches. I think Hakeem has a chance to be different simply because his use of footwork was amazing and is a skill that could possibly be taught while most players dominate through sheer athleticism, but the track record of all time greats as instructors simply isn't that great.
Either way, it's some fun news in a slow period, let's hope next season the 'tornado' refers to Joakim's post moves rather than his jumper.