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Pacers center Roy Hibbert working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Pacers center Roy Hibbert working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Photo: Ron Hoskins/NBA

Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced on Instagram he will be working with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert to improve his post game.

Hibbert, 27, averaged 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during Indiana's playoff run last season. His play matched the Pacers' nosedive following the All-Star break, and he has reportedly been mentioned in trade discussions. The Pacers finished first in the Eastern Conference at 56-26, but struggled during the playoffs, ultimately losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, previously coached for the Los Angeles Lakers. He worked closely with center Andrew Bynum early in his career.

The Pacers lost starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson in free agency when he signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. Midseason acquisition Evan Turner left to join the Boston Celtics. Indiana signed Rodney Stuckey to a one-year contract to replace Stephenson in the starting lineup.

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- Paul Palladino

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