HoopsHype Hakeem Olajuwon rumors

November 11, 2014 Updates

Olajuwon finished his illustrious 18-year career in 2002 with 26,946 points. Nowitzki, now in his 17th season, has 26,930 points. That’s a lot of baskets for a player who couldn’t find one that dreadful day in Seattle, and who was basically unheard of before he was chosen out of Germany with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. “What I like about Dirk is he came in without a lot of expectations, besides [then-Mavs coach Don Nelson] putting the pressure on him to be the Rookie of the Year,” Finley said. “But he worked himself up to superstar status. “A lot of these guys come in from college and already are, quote unquote, put in a superstar category without doing anything. Dirk did it the hard way. He worked himself up and now he’s one of the best ever to play the game.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 17, 2014 Updates

At least one former MVP doesn’t think it should have taken a broken bone in Kevin Durant’s foot to throw the 2015 MVP race wide open. According to Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard was already prepared to kick the door down. “He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s ready,” said Olajuwon, who won the award in 1994 when he led the Rockets to the first of their back-to-back championships. “Now it’s about having the attitude to go out every night and dominate.” NBA.com

“He’s older, more mature and you can tell that he is feeling better physically,” Olajuwon said. “I like what I saw. He is a very hard worker. He takes the job seriously and you can see that he has used some of the things we talked about last season and is making them part of his game.” NBA.com

October 1, 2014 Updates

Olajuwon said Ferry reached out to NBA Vice President for Development in Africa Amadou Gallo Fall and asked to speak with Olajuwon, but Olajuwon said Ferry need not apologize to him because he does not believe the comments reflected Ferry’s way of thinking. “He’s been calling all the players to apologize,” Olajuwon said. “As you know, it was a surprise that kind of comment is still in mind. Those were not his words. He did not mean it. He was repeating something. I did not know what he meant. I don’t know what someone was thinking to say that. But those are not his words. He called Amadou to get my number. I told him, ‘There’s no need.’ I thought about it. He’s trying to rebound, to recover.” Houston Chronicle

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When the day came for the two giants to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the long, intertwined paths traveled by Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing collided once more. It happened in an intersection on a sunny day in September 2008 as they strolled through Springfield, Mass., to the ceremony. Olajuwon trailed Ewing into the crosswalk; one was always chasing the other, forever trying to close the gap. The man they called Dream was awestruck by what he saw. "We were crossing the street and I was walking behind Patrick, and I saw his physique from the back," Olajuwon said. "And I said, 'How did I ever get my shot over this guy?' That just shows you how super imposing Patrick really is. How did I battle this guy?" CBSSports.com

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Jonas Valanciunas will work out with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer. Olajuwon has worked out with many of the game's big men, most notably Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard. Olajuwon is also credited with improving the mid-post game of Kobe Bryant. RealGM

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The Rockets had a familiar face on the practice court on Saturday afternoon. Hakeem Olajuwon was in the gym working with several players. He spent a lot of time with Omer Asik, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard. “Its a great learning experience – a Hall of Famer, one of the best bigs to ever play this game and he has so much knowledge and experience,” Jones said. “It’s so much to take in.” Jones said he and Olajuwon worked specifically on post moves. “He has so many counters and ways to get to the middle of the paint, which is the best way to score for a big,” Jones said. “He is teaching me ways to get there.” Houston Chronicle

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The Hall of Famer was speaking Tuesday from Nigeria, where he was helping to launch a basketball initiative for youth. Even from half a world away, though, Olajuwon was thinking about the struggles of his current pupil, Howard, who he mentored in the offseason after the big man signed a four-year, $88-million free agent contract with the Rockets, Olajuwon’s former team. “The truth is that I can’t wait to get back to Houston to do more work with Dwight,” said Olajuwon, who left Houston in early October to return to his home in Amman, Jordan and has been keeping track of his pupil on TV. “I wish he was doing a better job. “Dwight has always been athletic and aggressive and he still is. But when I watch him, what I see are opportunities that he is missing. When he gets the ball, he seems to be taking his time to decide what move to make, where he should go. NBA.com

“There should not be a delay for Dwight. He must be able to make a faster recognition of the situations and react immediately with a go-to move. You must move right away before the defense has a chance to set up. You must be the one making the first move so that you can force the defender to always be the one reacting. “I thought we were doing a good job with this when we were working together over the summer and at the start of training camp. But what I see now is that when Dwight gets in competition, he has a tendency to go back to all of his old habits. He’s just doing all of the things that he did before. He needs a reminder.” NBA.com

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