Joakim went and got ripped

Joakim went and got ripped

Billy Donovan tweeted this image of Joakim and Al Horford a few days ago

I have no idea what Joakim's been doing this summer, but it certainly appears to have something to do with eating right and lifting a bunch of weights.

This is the best he's looked physically in his career. No idea what the rest of the Bulls are doing, but Joakim sure looks like he was motivated by that loss to Miami.

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  • Lockout panic is definitely starting to set in with me. I am going to truly miss the NBA and Chicago Bulls this season. Angers me they wont be able to work it out like the NFL did at the last minute.

    But the last minute hasn't come yet so I guess there still is hope.

  • This is incredible. He's pumped (quite literally) and ready for this year. AND the labor meeting has been going on since 10 am ET (at least, that's when they were supposed to start) and it's not over yet. Tweets have suggested that they've made "progress." Hopefully, the season can start either on time or by December...

  • Is this a re-post from last year? Didn't he looked ripped last year too? His help to the Bulls has to come from his offense and his head being in the game. If he doesn't help space the floor for others(Boozer especially) and figures when to help/when not to help on defense, this strength training is a "yawn"....I think last month Bosh was talking on TV on how he knows his strengths and weaknesses and how to use them/mask them. That is was is required from Joakim. I hope it clicks for him next year as he is younger than Bosh.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Yeah, JoNo's been ripped for a while now, I just don't think we've seen him with his shirt off lately.

  • watched him in eurobasket2011, his defense and rebounding was solid but his offense bad at times. wonder if his hand injury is still bothering him. He's got to get that free throw line jumper going again.

  • I agree with Schaum. That picture last summer at Obama's White house scrimmage Joakim's arms looked huge. Now his shoulders and arms look smaller as they did in last year's playoffs. His numbers have been poor in field goal percentage and down in scoring and rebounding. Injuries have been a part of the problem, but at the same time I'm very concerned about Joakim going forward. Ankles, fasciitis, thumb etc. but I'm still worried there could be another problem specifically too much partying. What happened to the hook shots and down the lane off hand layups that were becoming unstoppable not to mention the spin moves he busted out at the beginning of last season. Again, I'm very dissapointed and concerned with Joakim's play and his future is in question as far as I'm concerned.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    Agreed RW, Jokim just may be trade bait cause at this point the Bulls are offensively challenged and need that second scoring option really bad. I would hate to see him traded cause he is the Bulls defensive and emotional leader, but sacrafices must be made to get this Bulls team over the hump that being the Miami Heat. Asik can step in as Jokims replacement especially if his game on both ends of the floor has improved. Hopefully the Bulls can solve their scoring woes without trading Noah cause he is huge part as to why the Bulls are one of the top teams in the NBA. I would really hate to see him not be a part of something great with this Bulls team just like when Charles Oakley was traded right before the Bulls started to dominate the 90's

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Who's the best scorer that you think you can get for Joakim? That's the real question. At this point, I don't think you could get someone who would even moderately help us.

    The Bulls could easily live to regret not negotiating down the Deng + Noah for Melo path. I don't think Denver would have done that deal, because ultimately, they got a better deal. I'm also not sure whether Melo would have extended here.

    However, I am sure that even if those other two things were true that the Bulls weren't trading Deng + Noah so even if the opportunity was out there, they weren't jumping on it.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    At this point I don't know who the Bulls can get but they are going to have to get very creative, I mean because let's be serious, they can't expect to have the same season they had last year without better perimeter scoring from someone.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I think a big part of the problem was that he did all of those quality offensive things when we didn't have Boozer. When Boozer was gone, the rest of the big men had to provide more offense and stepped up.

    It seems like with much fewer looks that not only do Joakim's numbers go down, but his efficiency drops as well as he can't find a rhythm.

    I'm not really concerned about whether Joakim will be a quality player going forward, I think he will, but I don't think he has a ton of room to improve, and I'm concerned about the overall dynamic of our frontcourt.

  • As a side note, the angle of Jo's arms in this picture don't allow you to compare them to his arms in the Obama pic, but he certainly did not look absolutely shredded in the obama pic or in any other pic I've seen of him.

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