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Olajuwon pulling for pupil LeBron James in finals

Jun 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

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LeBron James’ post game took a leap forward this season.

With the Heat not having a traditional scoring threat on the block, LeBron James has moved more to the post (particularly early in the season.) He took 13.7 percent of his shot attempts out of the post this season and shot 50.4 percent from there and drew the foul on 9 percent of his attempts (stats via Those are good numbers.

Some of that success came from working with legendary big man Hakeem Olajuwon down in Houston. When reached to see if he was following his star student, Olajuwon said he was pulling for LeBron in the finals. From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“If he relaxes and just plays his game, he’ll be fine and I think (the Heat) win it,” said Olajuwon, who said he has become like a “big brother” to James in the past year…

“You look at a lot of the moves, and it was unbelievable to watch,” said Olajuwon, speaking Monday by phone from Jordan about having seen that Game 6 last Thursday in the Middle East. “The way they were executed it was a joy to watch because I know that we worked on that, and to see him using it at a most crucial time. He is in a comfort zone, and he is doing it how he is supposed to do it.”

LeBron may find it tough to operate in the post against a Thunder team that can bring bigs like Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins over to help. But if LeBron draws a double in the post he is one of the best passers in the league and that could be trouble for the Thunder.

But he learned from the best. Like most things with the Heat these playoffs, it’s a matter of executing consistently under pressure.

  1. thestudiokida - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    NO! I’m sorry but no, LeBron can’t become the facilitator in this series. His assists are down a bit this post-season and I’ve started to notice a positive correlation between Heat success and low assist totals for LeBron. I’m not saying he should hog the ball for half of each possession but he needs to be in takeover mode to get the best of Durant and the Thunder.

    Score first, pass later.

  2. scalfor3 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    bron has shown more improvement in the post this year than dwight howard has in his career. i hate him, but i’ll give credit where its due: he’s obviously put the time in to get better

  3. trueballs - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    The use of his post game in the playoffs is something I wasn’t expecting. He went to the post a lot in the first 2/3 of the season, and we thought the new LBJ had arrived, but then he reverted back to his perimeter game towards the ends of the regular season. In the last two series’ he’s showed he’s not afraid to go to the post in pressure moments.

  4. southpaw77 - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Who cares, maybe I’m pulling for Derek Fisher to get his 6th ring after LA dumped him and the union turned on him. Be a nice middle finger to those who turned on him. Get that ring Fish.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      not sure how the Lakers “turned on him”. They’re supposed to pass up opportunities to improve the team simply because he’s played for the team for a while? Fish left for a better opportunity a few years ago when he signed with Golden State, the Lakers left for a better opportunity this year when they traded him to Houston.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Still nowhere near Kobe when it comes to operating in the post, but he does make a pass at attempting to work down there, finally.

  6. davidcl77 - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Who cares who he pulls for? The self proclaimed “Chosen One” stinks. He went to Miami so Wade would close out games. Guess what? Wade’s stinking it up too! Lol!
    Not one, not two……not seven. Wow… The arrogance of this jackass. Better get started, arrogant one!

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