Kareem Abdul-Jabaar has revealed that he has been enlisted by the Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert in a bid to help the much maligned big man recover from what was in all intents and purposes a terrible end to the 2014 NBA season.
Taking to his official Instagram account, the NBA's all-time leading points scorer posted the following message to accompany a picture of he and Hibbert:
"Pacers fans get ready for next season. I'm helping to get Roy ready to become a serious threat to his competitors."
Not a bad tutor
Having enjoyed a stellar career which spanned 20 seasons in the NBA and included six Championships during stints with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), Kareem Abdul-Jabaar is one of the most well respected players ever to play the game.
Kareem dominated as a center with unbelievable talent, racking up 38,387 points and over 17,000 rebounds, and there cannot be many people out there with a better grasp of the game on which to call upon when troubled times rear their ugly head.
And as he met with Abdul-Jabaar and his current franchise's president Larry Bird Tuesday night, Roy Hibbert was keen to get the inside track - taking to Twitter to reveal his experiences.
Hibbert needs help
Roy Hibbert entered the 2014 NBA playoffs having received All-Star honors for the second time in his career but the Indiana Pacers big man left it as a broken man.
At the center of rumored arguments between a struggling Pacers roster, Hibbert averaged just 9.3 points in his 19 games as the Pacers crashed out at the Eastern Conference finals stage - a run which included several zero point, zero rebound games which drew mockery from both his and his opponent's fans.
Can he bounce back?
As the video above shows, Hibbert did manage to score some plays during the postseason and undoubtedly has the talent to rebound from a difficult period. Frank Vogel will be hoping one of his key men can return to form from the off in the 2014-15 season however especially after Lance Stephenson left for the Hornets last week.
One thing is for certain. Being able to get the advice of Kareem, and Larry Bird closer to home, will certainly be a great help to Hibbert.