Tag: Hakeem Olajuwon

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What four guys would Jordan choose for a pickup game? Pippen, Magic, Worthy, Olajuwon


Fairly safe to say Michael Jordan in his prime could have selected me, Seth Rogen, Sammy Hagar and Dave Navarro and we would win virtually every game and stay on the court.

But when the folks at NBA 2K asked him (as they promote the 2K14 Next Gen features) he went a different direction. The four he picks to hold the court: Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon. That group is pretty good, too.

Remember that Pippen, Magic and MJ were part of the Dream Team in Barcelona that won the gold. I totally get the Olajuwon pick too — he can post guys up and run the floor, defend, basically do everything well. He is arguably the most well-rounded big of all time.

Worthy? That’s a North Carolina nod. Remember they were teammates in college who won the 1982 national title together.

Hakeem Olajuwon says Blake Griffin could benefit from his teachings

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the game’s best big men, and he’s been trying to impart some of his wisdom to a whole host of players over the last few offseasons.

Guys ranging from Amar’e Stoudemire to Kobe Bryant to JaVale McGee have all worked with Olajuwon, and Dwight Howard is the latest project undertaken by the Hall of Fame center who was the Finals MVP twice during back-to-back championship seasons with the Rockets during the 90s.

With so many players having come to him for advice, Olajuwon was asked if there’s a particular player he’d like to work with. While he mentioned Kevin Durant, it was Blake Griffin whom Olajuwon seemed to think could benefit the most from his teachings.

From George Kiel III of Nice Kicks:

“I don’t know that I would like to, but a player that needs [my help] is Blake Griffin. If you look at Blake, he’s very explosive, but he needs the moves that can get him in that position where he can finish. […] So he would be an ideal guy to where, when I watch him play and I see how explosive he is, I’d give him all of these moves to take him to a whole different level.”

Griffin’s game has improved since he came into the NBA, but he often relies on his physicality more than anything else when trying to score from the low block inside. He has shown an ability to have a nice shooting touch, and you could see how using Olajuwon’s help in getting the footwork down on that Dream Shake would be devastating for his defenders to deal with.

[h/t: Lakers Nation]

Video proof Rudy Gay is working out with Olajuwon

Rudy Gay

Yes, the video is more grainy than the Zapruder Film, but some people see that as proof so we’re going to take that Instagram video as proof.

Raptors wing Rudy Gay is in Houston this week working out with Hakeem Olajuwon, as you can see above.

This is a good thing, Raptors fans. Gay getting some post moves, allowing him to be more comfortable going to the block against a smaller defender is only going to help his offense (think Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, both of whom worked out with The Dream in the past).

More than that, Gay took just 27 percent of his shots last season inside five feet (and shot 54 percent on them), however he took 44.3 percent of his shots beyond 15 feet, hitting 33.3 percent of those from two and 32.3 percent from three. The lesson here is you want Gay to attack, you want him to get his shots closer to the rim, and this is a way to do that.

David Stern announces his final draft pick as commissioner (VIDEO)

Former NBA star Olajuwon greets outgoing NBA Commissioner Stern at the end of the first round of selections at the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

It was well played all around.

Of course the fans in Brooklyn welcomed David Stern to the podium with a chorus of boos to start the night — and over the course of the first round he played along and taunted them a little, saying he couldn’t hear them. But when it came time to make is final pick he got a respectful standing ovation from the crowd.

Then Stern introduced commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver, and the crowd booed him.

Then Silver brought “The Dream” back out on the stage. Just well don all around.

Friday Night Video: Why every big wants to work with Hakeem Olajuwon


That is five minutes of why Amare Stoudemire, JaVale McGee and… well, it would be easier to list the big men who have not gone to work with Hakeem Olajuwon the past couple years.

That is five minutes of why the Knicks are bringing him into training camp.

He had amazing footwork, he had a variety of moves and counters for everything. And if you are seven feet and can hit a fade away nothing can stop you (ask Dirk Nowitzki).

Marvel at one of the great big men ever to play the game. Because he had skills. And because he worked at it, this wasn’t all natural gifts.