HoopsHype Hakeem Olajuwon rumors


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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

Olajuwon plans to return to Houston prior to the NBA All-Star break in February and will remain in Houston through the end of the season and the playoffs. “Maybe if I am there with him all of the time we can reinforce new habits and make it all feel natural,” Olajuwon said. NBA.com

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On Saturday, the Houston Rockets legend (and, for one season, Toronto Raptors contributor) will host an event at the DR34M Mansion — a sprawling Clear Lake City, Texas, estate that Olajuwon bought, renamed (because he's "The Dream" and he wore 34, get it?) and turned into a fashion boutique where you can make an appointment with the DR34M brand's "master tailor" to get fully suited and booted — to release the first edition of his "Dream Shake" sneaker line, which we've shown above. Unlike the Etonic, L.A. Gear and Spalding kicks he wore and endorsed during his 18-year NBA career, Olajuwon says he's been intimately involved in the development of the Dream Shake — "I went to different sources, looking at the manufacturing, selecting the material," he told Houston's FOX 26 — throughout the two-year process of bringing it to market. Yahoo! Sports

Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin said he was "humbled and flattered" by the glowing comments made about him by Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon in his interview on Tuesday with FOX 26 Sports. Lin worked with Olajuwon and center Dwight Howard last week in Colorado. Rockets coach Kevin McHale and his staff were on hand to watch the workouts. It was the first time Lin worked with Olajuwon, who is in his new role as the Rockets' player development specialist. Olajuwon thought Lin and Howard worked remarkably well together. "Just the little offense I saw, that combination is very deadly and you can see that both of them are very excited seeing that 'wow, we bring the right ingredients together,' " Olajuwon said on Tuesday. FOX 26 Sports

Lin was surprised he had made that kind of impact on Olajuwon. "I think anybody and Dwight is a deadly combination," Lin said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports on Thursday. "I'm just glad I'm on the same team as him. I think if we do it right. If we move the ball. If we space properly. If we run quick offense. I think our offense will be very deadly and not just because of me and him, but because of all of the weapons that we have." FOX 26 Sports

Lin said he really enjoyed his time with Olajuwon in Colorado. "I was really impressed by just how candid, how down to earth, how normal he was," Lin said. "You think of someone of his caliber, Hall of Famer, one of the great players to ever play in the NBA, the fact that he says what he says and is that encouraging and is that down to earth, speaks a lot about him. "I was thankful for the time that I had working out with him." FOX 26 Sports

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