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Dwight Howard seeks to expand his post game, learns from the best

Oct 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

To the casual fan, Dwight Howard’s post game is a crime against humanity. A man with his physical gifts should be dropping 30 a night, they say. Dropping sky hooks on a whim, they say. Calling to mind the centers of old, they say.

To hell with that, I say. Howard’s moves on the block may seem robotic at times, but he’s still an effective low-post threat. Will his repertoire ever even whiff that of, say, Hakeem Olajuwon? Well, funny that I should strategically and rhetorically pose that question, because over the summer, Howard has been putting in work with Olajuwon to expand his array of moves down low. Enjoy, and take it easy on league’s top center and most dominant defensive player while you’re at it, eh?

Video via Magic Basketball.
  1. johnmaine - Oct 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Randy Moss trade helps Vikings fantasy owners to straight cash, homie. Nice $10,000 fine.

  2. hnirobert - Oct 6, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Isn’t that what Patrick Ewing should be doing?

  3. Uh oh - Oct 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    This is all that was missing from Howard’s game. It’s been my only gripe on him since he came into the league. Howard has been a dominant player based primarily on his physical gifts. Adding different moves and giving defenders more places on the court to worry about him could make him one of the best centers to ever play the game. He’s longer and more powerful than Hakeem ever was but probably just as quick.
    Shaq was a dominant player and will eventually be in the HOF but he never put the effort into really expanding his game to include as many “looks” at the basket. Instead he chose to bulk up and break backboards. That was fun too and it worked for him but Howard could be something else entirely. He could be the hybrid (Power/Skill) center this league has never seen in the modern age.
    Dream worked with Yao a few years back and he was able to add a few important things to his game but they just aren’t the same players. Howard more closely resembles the Dream’s playing style because of his athleticism and aggressive scorer’s mentality. You can’t teach a guy to want to rip the rim off the backboard.
    Howard now has the tools to help the Magic win those close playoff games when you absolutely must score the ball on a last minute possession. Having that is an invaluable asset in post-season play. Very few teams have the luxury of throwing the ball in to their big guys for a high-percentage, in-the-paint scoring opportunity in a half-court posession. Very scary with the shooters he has on that team now.
    Clearly Orlando’s biggest acquisition this off-season was a summer camp with Dream.
    Rockets Fan and Now an Official Howard/Orlando Magic Fan

  4. gimpscalawag - Oct 8, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    Way to go, Mahoney! Fat Van Gundy stated last week that Dwight Howard worked with Hakeem all of TWO DAYS!

    Wow, I’m sure that’s going to help Howard out with his infantile post game.

    Good reporting!

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