The message from Olajuwon, the coach, seems pretty straightforward for every one of his pupils: These are my moves — take them, use them, and (hopefully) experience the success that I had. As great as this sounds in theory, the reality of the situation is that this may not be the right approach for every player who travels to Olajuwon’s ranch looking to expand his game.
It’s important to point out that Olajuwon was one of the most uniquely gifted athletes to ever put on an NBA jersey.This is why no big man in today’s NBA, most of whom solely play basketball from an early age, looks even remotely as fluid as Olajuwon once did.Yet instead of tailoring his program to a player’s size, skill set, athleticism, and, maybe most importantly, the role he occupies on a team, Olajuwon attempts to teach only his signature post moves.
guy doesnt know what he is talking about, didnt he see the instant trasnformation it had on Lebron or Amare Stoudemire. Both players had career highs in efficiency (Hakeem's trademark) and getting to the rim through foot-work. Hakeem teaches his skill-set, which is to use a combination of grace and force to either create open but efficient shots or to create opening to pass to open shooters elsewhere. Its what Lebron has been dominating the NBA doing to a perfection, in fact, I dare say that the Lebron is the closest to Hakeem (now, not pre-2010 Lebron) than any player since Hakeem. Shaq was a force, but had no grace. Lebron has added an element of finesse and grace to his footwork that simply wasn't there. I read an article lamenting how Heat Lebron doesn't to any of his previously famous half-court drive and dunks. That is because Hakeem taught Lebron how inefficient, tiring, and showboating that is. A better strategy is to find a smooth lane to the post, and use your muscle there to either create a shot or a great pass. Hakeem 101. Lebron learned it. Watch Amare in his first season with the Knicks, guy was almost an MVP candidate getting 28 ppg ALL in the post, looking like Hakeem on the block with pure post-ups. It is also what suddenly turned even lame as Tyson Chandler into an NBA champion rim-defender and pick and roll specialist.
At this point, Chandler essentially is who he is. He won’t be asked to control games from the low block. Olajuwon should take that into account and adjust accordingly. The time spent learning complicated footwork sequences could be better used to focus more of his training on things that can directly benefit Chandler’s game, like pick-and-roll finishes that aren’t just dunks — something that will be increasingly vital if and when the Knicks big man can no longer finish athletically at the rim.
Bullshit! This guy REALLY doesn't know basketball. What allowed Jordan and Kobe to age like wine and dominate the league well past their physical primes? Oh, right, FOOTWORK!!!!! As Tyson gets older, he needs to heed Hakeem's teaching, and IMPROVE his footwork at the rim to be able to improve his finishes and yes, make more post shots than just dunks. FOOTWORK will create those openings to get in small 3-5 foot post jump shots like (a) Lebron has been doing (b) like Hakeem mastered into two-champions later into his career. Sighs. I really wish I decided to get a job as a sports writer, these people aside from Zach Lowe simply don't know what the fuck they are talking about!!
Really, Dwight Howard is about the ONLY player I've seen to appear NOT to learn even ANYTHING from Hakeem. Hopefully this time around Howard is actually paying attention, a guy as gifted with strength, speed, and finesse as Howard could quite literally be the only force in basketball enough to equal Lebron. I don't say this as a Lerbon fan, I say it as a lifelong basketball fan. Lebron is the NBA right now, the way Kobe was just a few years ago, and Shaq just before that, and Jordan before that, and Magic before him. Dwight has the potential, but he needs to apply himself more directly to harness it. Hakeem can teach it, but Dwight has to buy into it.
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