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Olajuwon says Miami can win 3 out of 5 NBA titles

Sep 24, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

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Before LeBron James moved more of his game to the post last year — before he became the most dangerous four in the league — he spent time in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon. Working on his post moves.

Olajuwon was impressed. Impressed with LeBron’s physical skills, impressed with his mentality. And speaking with the Sun-Sentinel, Olajuwon didn’t shy away with a bold prediction for what the Heat can do next (hat tip SLAM).

“I think it will be much easier for him,” Olajuwon says. “All the pressure of, ‘OK, can he do it?’ That’s gone now.”…

“The goal is different,” Olajuwon says. “It’s not to prove a point to people. Now it’s just to take advantage of the opportunity: ‘Can we really achieve something great in the real sense? Can we get three out of five [championships]?’…

“That is a very realistic goal,” he says. “In fact, it’s scary.”

It is not 7, but it is realistic. Although far from easy. This season Miami should be the class of the East, which would send them to their third straight NBA finals. The road is not going to be smoother — there are teams lurking in the East if the Heat stumble, teams like the Celtics and Pacers are not far behind (with good teams like the Bulls still out there once Derrick Rose gets fully healthy). If you get past them the Thunder or Lakers will be waiting in the finals, both with plenty of talent.

But the Heat are more dangerous now because they figured out who they are as a team, they have embraced small ball.

  1. stoudemelo - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Are we counting that they have already won one lost one? 2 in 3 years? Good luck

    • jasontaylor9944 - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Stoundemelo- Have fun with the 6 seed…meanwhile we winning multiple championships with the best player in the game, your Regular Season MVP, Finals MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist, and of course, 2012 NBA CHAMPION. Keep the hate coming, it only fuels the chosen one’s fire.

    • nbascreed - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Assuming yes, the prospects of the Heat winning 2 out of the next 3 garners a sarcastic “good luck”? I would actually take those odds.

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Sep 24, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    It’s difficult to make consecutive NBA Finals appearances. In the modern era the Lakers have appeared in 4, 3, and 3 consecutive NBA Finals, the Bulls made 3 consecutive appearances twice and the Pistons appeared in 3 consecutive once. The Heat are in great position to make a third appearance but beyond that they would be treading into almost uncharted waters. Sports records are oft broken, but I wouldn’t count on several more consecutive appearances.

  3. biggestredmiami - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Why is Hakeem in the news everyday now?

    • marcusfitzhugh - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Olajuwon is in the news because he is in NYC (taking the NYC bigs through a training program) and the NYC press covers everything. Adding fuel to that fire is the fact that Olajuwon was one of the best bigs in the league (remember when he personally destroyed Shaq in the Finals). Rather than simply being tall (he was only 6’10″), Hakeem worked at being the best and his hard work paid off. If anyone should be interviewed, it’s the Dream. Some team should toss a boatload of cash his way and make him their big man coach.

      • guyaneserj - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        marcusfitzhugh

        Wiki says the following : “Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) (but closer to 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) by his own admission)..”
        NBA.com also lists him @ 7′ 0″.. However, whether he was 6′ 10″ or 7′ 0″.. He was indeed one of the best bigs.. in my humble opinion, da best in da modern era….

  4. kevinsnoe - Sep 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    The Heat will make it back to the finals simply because of LeBron. OKC had the best shot blocker in the league and Kendrick Perkins in the paint trying to stop LeBron in the post and couldnt do it. The Bulls wont be as good (even if Rose is all the way healthy which isnt a guarantee). The Celts are old. The Knicks clearly cant play together and Brooklyn has no chemistry. The Heat will make the Finals yet again. The real test is when they have to play the Lakers/Thunder in the Finals

  5. loungefly74 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    it’s all good. the Heat are on top. and they will find out how hard it is to stay on top. they have the talent to do so. we will see…we will see….

  6. paulhargis53 - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    lounge- great insight. You may as well have not even posted.

    They’ve been there 2 years running, winning the last one. I’m pretty sure the know what it takes to stay on top.

  7. davidcl77 - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Wonder what his new boss thinks of these statements…. The New York Knicks.

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