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Video: Stoudemire talks working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

Aug 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

For the past few years, NBA big men (and a few wings like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James) have been making a pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon like it’s the Holy Land of post play.

Why? What is it like? Amare Stoudemire was down there recently, and wherever Stoudemire goes his video crew goes (even when he gets engaged). So here is a sneak peak as you see Stoudemire practice some spin moves (in Stocktonesque shorts) while JaVale McGee looks on. Then Stoudemire talks about the experience.

Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie.

  1. dls612 - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    A very smart move amare! in my opinion easily one of the top 5 centers to play the game. He helped LeBron with his post game. I had the great pleasure to see him play and he had it all insane post game, mid range jumper, great passer, good defender and a all around smart player. javale you definitely should be a student! Goofy!

  2. doctorfootball - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Its nice to see Amar’e practice some post moves. That was definitely missing in his game. Unfortunately, the weakest part of his game, defense, is still not being worked on. Amar’e himself admitted that no one ever taught him how to play defense. Yet you don’t see him even trying to learn. After all these years in the league, this guy just doesn’t get it. Amar’e still plays under the D’antoni philosophy of outscoring your opponents and hoping you do just enough defensively. The Knicks will not win titles with an Amar’e who plays no defense and a Melo who plays some at times. The Knicks will be better this year because they’ll be a deeper team. But now they’re also a much older team after adding Camby, Kidd, Kurt Thomas and Argentine point guard, Prigione, who’s 35. They won one game in last year’s playoffs, and now their window to try to win it all is very small because of age issues. They will disappoint as usual.

    • LPad - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Hakeem also teaches post defense. Also, Woodson expects/demands that everyone plays D well and both Melo and Amare made improvements with him at the helm and will continue to.

      As far as being older team, your talking about four bench players and two of them (Kurt and Prigioni) won’t even be part of the rotation.

      • saint1997 - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        Dude I absolutely agree except don’t sleep on Prigioni! Watch an Argentina game in the Olympics or some highlight reels on YouTube, the guy doesn’t have the same wear and tear as a 35 yr old NBA player does cos he hasn’t played in the NBA. He is a dynamic passer and will be Knicks main backup PG next season. If Nash is old enough to make an impact, then absolutely so can this man

  3. dysraw1 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    health and happiness that’s all the young man needs to be running floor like we saw in 2010 an maybe a few more touches

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