HoopsHype Hakeem Olajuwon rumors

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Bryant, according to a source, pointed out that while the Rockets brought Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon with them to their meeting with Howard Sunday night, and that Yao Ming made a pitch on Houston's behalf via Skype, "there wasn't a room big enough" to hold all of the great players who had worn the Lakers' uniform. NBA.com

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Shortly after NBA free agency commences in the wee hours Sunday morning, Dwight Howard is set to meet in Los Angeles with a Houston Rockets contingent that includes management, current players and former star center Hakeem Olajuwon, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. Teams are officially allowed to start meeting with free agents at 12:01 a.m. on Monday. ESPN.com

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Olajuwon admitted his lone concern is if the latest two knee surgeries lessens his elevating ability even moreso — but said he doubts it. Stoudemire is just 30 years old, and Olajuwon said the No. 1 goal is not to turn him back into a superstar, just a productive starter. “The only thing I see want to see is his elevation,” Olajuwon said. “He needs good elevation. That’s why he needs his knees to be strong so he can finish strong. Once you have surgeries, it depends on how hard you work to get back. “Once he’s comfortable, we can apply a little more innovation. If he’s moving good, it will be smoother and he’ll get good elevation, and he’ll get to another level. All summer he’ll have to strengthen his knees.” New York Post

“I don’t think he’s too old, because he’s a hard worker and it’s about conditioning,” Olajuwon said. “Sometimes you can reverse it and the knees get stronger. To be an All-Star, it’s not the goal right now. But for the Knicks to challenge Miami, they need him to be close to his potential, and all he needs is just a good season.” Stoudemire has been laying low since the season ended last month because his new wife Alexis gave birth to a baby boy May 22, and he was unavailable to comment on Olajuwon. “One week is excellent,” Olajuwon said of the upcoming sessions. “It’s enough time, a very good time period with enough repetitions. I was amazed how athletic, he is, shooting jumping and running but he knew he had to develop his game to maximize it.” New York Post

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