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LeBron James working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

Aug 9, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard has done it the last two summers. Kobe Bryant has done it.

Now it is LeBron James’ turn.

LeBron has made the pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon, he told the Associated Press.

“I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James said. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about…

“Right now I’ve just been focusing on being a better player, working on my game every single day. Like I said, the Dallas Mavericks were a great team and they deserved to win that championship. I’ll just use that as motivation coming into this season.”

James is already a good post player, better than he gets credit for, and the Heat also use him on the block more than people think — 8.1 percent of his shots came on post ups last season and he shot 54 percent from the block.

Sebastian Pruiti does a fantastic breakdown of LeBron’s post game over at NBA Playbook. (He also says Dirk Nowitzki is the best post player in the game right now.)

On the left block, James posts a PPP of 1.011 (top 15% of all NBA players) and on the right block, James posts a PPP of 1.317 (top 4% of all NBA players). James’ size advantage tends to draw double teams, and when those doubles come, James is an accurate and willing passer. Out of the 75 kick outs when doubles came, James turned it over just 4 times.

What LeBron has not shown in the post is a lot of moves — he’s so big and strong he essentially bullies his way to a shot. He can just overpower or spin past a defender, and LeBron has a nice little fadeaway. But Olajuwon will teach him to widen that array and that will make him even more dangerous on the block.

  1. rayrsatx - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Too bad Hakeem can’t give lebron a personality!

    • velascochad - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      Too bad hakeem cant give lebron a ring.

    • phaden27 - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:03 AM

      He doesn’t need personality he needs to keep his mouth shut.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    This is what LeBron should be doing. Think about the Heat’s offense. Very inconsistent in the half court. LeBron has all the physical tools to be a beast in the post. If he is able to become a legit low post scorer, the Heat will fulfill all their promise.

  3. trueballs - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    I like that in the picture he’s posting up a 5’8 JJ Barea at the 3-pt line….got your work cut out

  4. rayrsatx - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    No one taught Hakeem how to be a winner, you either are or not. And Lebron is not!

  5. pl4tinum514 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    …and in return, Lebron is teaching Hakeem exactly how D-Wade likes getting his bag sucked.

  6. southbeachtalent - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Where are the rest of the “LeBron is everything” evil posters? only see a few of the usual losers?

  7. stinkfingers - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Why? LeBron already knows how to travel…

  8. diablito0402 - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Im here southbeachtalent, heehehe, lebron dont need olajuwon, he needs dr phil to work out his mental problems,,,, ohh yeah and to learn how tip when he goes out to party,, what a tight wadd.

  9. gridirongoon24 - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    You can’t teach heart

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