These Stars Are Getting A ‘Dream’ Teacher, The New York Knicks will receive some hoops training from one of the greatest big men of all time. The Knicks are keeping Hakeem Olajuwon all to themselves, hiring the legend to work with the team’s big men, In recent years, Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon has acted as a sensei-for-hire of sorts for stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. All have taken the summer trek down to Olajuwon’s Texas home to work through the same sort of low-post tutelage that Moses Malone gave Olajuwon as a young buck some 30 years ago.
The New York Knicks are desperately trying to find a way to mesh the formidable talents of Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudmire and Carmelo Anthony, turning a star-studded frontcourt into a championship-level core. They’ve yet to find consistent chemistry while on the court together, the team plays far better with Anthony taking Stoudemire’s place up front, Chandler and Carmelo could still use some footwork tips, and Stoudemire has already worked under Olajuwon this summer.
Then there’s the upcoming NBA training camps, which mean players can’t individually fly to Texas to get that one-on-one work. Olajuwon (a former teammate of current Knicks coach Mike Woodson) wants to help, for a price, and the Knicks need the tutelage. Why not make Hakeem the guy who is flying in this time. Eh? Eh. Go New York, go New York, go.
From ESPN’s Chris Broussard:
Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the greatest players in NBA history and the architect of the legendary “Dream Shake” post move, will spend several days next week training some of their players at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.
Olajuwon worked out with Stoudemire earlier this summer, training the Knicks center for two-and-a-half weeks in the gymnasium on his 400-acre ranch outside of Houston. Olajuwon, who was able to excel alongside superstar teammates Ralph Sampson and Clyde Drexler, said there’s no reason Stoudemire and Anthony can’t have similar success playing next to one another.
“They both have to realize that the most important thing is not how great you are individually,” Olajuwon said. “You’re remembered for how many games you win. So to get to play with another great offensive player should help you. It should make your job easier. You have to work well together. You can’t be competitors with one another.”