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Friday Night Video: Why every big wants to work with Hakeem Olajuwon

Sep 21, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

That is five minutes of why Amare Stoudemire, JaVale McGee and… well, it would be easier to list the big men who have not gone to work with Hakeem Olajuwon the past couple years.

That is five minutes of why the Knicks are bringing him into training camp.

He had amazing footwork, he had a variety of moves and counters for everything. And if you are seven feet and can hit a fade away nothing can stop you (ask Dirk Nowitzki).

Marvel at one of the great big men ever to play the game. Because he had skills. And because he worked at it, this wasn’t all natural gifts.

  1. rocketsbb - Sep 21, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    In my opinion, he was the greatest all around center because unlike bill Russell and wilt just putting the ball in the hoop over undersized guys, you never knew what Hakeem was gonna do either a jumpshot or just embarrass you with those post moves. He also had great defense, but don’t get me wrong of the greatness of Kareem,wilt,Russell, and those other greats.

  2. ninertownusa - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Love your stuff for the most part, dude, but please look up comma splices… they’re in every piece of yours I’ve ever read.

  3. boondocksaint224 - Sep 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I’ve actually watched this video a bunch of times over the last year or so. I’ve always been a fan of the classic low post game, and Hakeem was probably the best to ever do it, if not the most well rounded. Watching this video always makes me wish that there was at least one player today who could work inside like he did. There’s no doubt that Hakeem’s game would work just as well today as it did in his prime, possibly moreso even with how (over)aggressive many defenders are in the modern game.

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