Hakeem Olajuwon Rumors

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Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
Position: None
Born: 01/21/63
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
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You can lead a big man to the block, but you can’t make him use it. So when Sporting News asked Olajuwon who has used his advice best, the answer was not Dwight Howard or Tyson Chandler or the Lopez twins. Not even LeBron James. Nope, it was one of his shortest pupils. “I’ve worked with a lot of players, but the one who really capitalized on it the most is Kobe Bryant,” the Basketball Hall of Famer said of the 6-6 retiring Lakers legend. “When I watch him play, he’ll go down in the post comfortably, naturally, and he’ll execute it perfectly.”
For historical context, Whiteside’s blocked shots average would be the highest in the NBA since Alonzo Mourning averaged 3.91 for the Heat in 1998-99, when a lockout shortened the season to 50 games. Over a full 82-game season, Whiteside’s average would be the highest since Dikembe Mutombo swatted away 4.49 per game in 1995-96. In the 42 seasons since the NBA first started tracking blocks as a statistic, the league leader has averaged at least 4.0 blocks per game on 13 occasions. But all 13 happened over the first 23 seasons (1973-1996). Mark Eaton did it three times, and Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon and Manute Bol achieved it twice apiece.
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“When guys like that say positive things about you, advise you about things and you are able to do it on the court, it makes me really confident and comfortable. (Olajuwon talked) about the length, about play like a big man. I should use my quickness more. He saw that I should use this in my game.” Olajuwon returned to the United States from his home outside London on Wednesday, went to Friday’s game and Saturday’s practice, his first since J.B. Bickerstaff took over as Rockets interim coach.