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Amar’e Stoudemire will once again train with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer

May 26, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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Amar’e Stoudemire spent some time training with Hall of Fame big man Hakeem Olajuwon last summer, in hopes of developing more of a post game that would help him coexist alongside Carmelo Anthony in the Knicks starting lineup.

Stoudemire was a nice contributor for New York when healthy, but knee injuries limited him at both the beginning and the end of the year, to the point where he was barely able to play a few minutes off the bench in the postseason.

Stoudemire will once again work out with Olajuwon this summer, in hopes of improving even more defensively and in the post.

From Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York:

Stoudemire will continue to build on the post-up moves and defensive maneuvers he learned from Olajuwon last summer. The big reasons behind the collaboration were: (1) to give the Knicks a low-post presence, allowing Chandler to be the go-to pick-and-roller; and (2) to improve the spacing between Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, who had tended to crowd the court in the midrange area.

At this point, Stoudemire’s health needs to be the primary concern. He showed he could mesh with this Knicks team, although he did so in a reserve role after not returning to the lineup until the first of the year.

Still, averages of 14.2 points and five rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game were more than solid considering the injury issues, and additional time with Olajuwon working to improve from a skill standpoint certainly couldn’t hurt.

  1. dondada10 - May 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    STAT needs to train with a shaman to make sure his knees don’t fall off mid-season.

    • lsoreal - May 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Mid-season? Try Pre-season.

  2. patfic15 - May 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Does Hakeem have a time machine?

  3. bifford - May 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Is Hakeem doing miracle knee replacements down there in Houston?

  4. wsuperman4445 - May 27, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    this guys gone from allstar to mediocre player.. but no ones had the heart to tell him yet..

    • eboneseagles - May 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      I think 14 points in 23 minutes is very far from mediocre. Mediocre would be if he couldn’t score or beat anyone near the basket anymore. He just has injury issues, he can still play when healthy.

      • money2long - May 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        correct

  5. saint1997 - May 27, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    I know people make fun of him but that resolve to get better is why he should still be considered a star in heart – just not body

  6. sportsnut101 - May 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Why doesn’t anyone tell him he’s done being all star.

    He’s a average player He’s a derek fisher type of player. Sign him after all star break for rest of season.
    I never seen anyone lose their limited game so fast then him. 6 months n he’s never the same

    He just doesn’t fit with Knicks n still 2 more yrs left on his deal. I bet u Knicks owner wished he amnestied amare instead ofbilliups Knicks would have cap room now. But this feels like isiah Thomas decisions

  7. cantonbound13 - May 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Tyson Chandler needs to join them.

    • eboneseagles - May 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      He doesn’t even need to learn post moves, if he could do half of what Hibbert does he’d be better.

  8. dysraw1 - May 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Amar’e is a part of this team like it or not, for the next two seasons. his efforts and dedication to improve his game are impressive.it needs to to be seen on the garden floor. if Akeem can get him to move his feet on D then that would be mission accomplished

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