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  1. What four guys would Jordan choose for a pickup game? Pippen, Magic, Worthy, Olajuwon

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    Fairly safe to say Michael Jordan in his prime could have selected me, Seth Rogen, Sammy Hagar and Dave Navarro and we would win virtually every game and stay on the court. But when the folks at NBA 2K asked him (as they promote the 2K14 Next Gen features) he went a different direction. The four…

  2. Hakeem Olajuwon says Blake Griffin could benefit from his teachings

    Sep 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the game’s best big men, and he’s been trying to impart some of his wisdom to a whole host of players over the last few offseasons. Guys ranging from Amar’e Stoudemire to Kobe Bryant to JaVale McGee have all worked with Olajuwon, and Dwight Howard is the latest project undertaken…

  3. Video proof Rudy Gay is working out with Olajuwon

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:46 AM EST

    Rudy Gay

    Yes, the video is more grainy than the Zapruder Film, but some people see that as proof so we’re going to take that Instagram video as proof. Raptors wing Rudy Gay is in Houston this week working out with Hakeem Olajuwon, as you can see above. This is a good thing, Raptors fans. Gay getting…

  4. David Stern announces his final draft pick as commissioner (VIDEO)

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:17 AM EST

    Former NBA star Olajuwon greets outgoing NBA Commissioner Stern at the end of the first round of selections at the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    It was well played all around. Of course the fans in Brooklyn welcomed David Stern to the podium with a chorus of boos to start the night — and over the course of the first round he played along and taunted them a little, saying he couldn’t hear them. But when it came time to…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    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…

  6. Knicks hire Hakeem Olajuwon to work with big men

    Sep 13, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    This summer, Amare Stoudemire spent a couple weeks in Houston working out with Hall of Fame player turned big man guru Hakeem Olajuwon, improving his post game. The Knicks figure if it’s good enough for Stoudemire, it’s good enough for all their big men — they have hired Olajuwon to come to New York and…

  7. The Inbounds: The NBA Hierarchy of Needs Part I, the Star-Builder

    Sep 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Welcome to The Inbounds, touching on a big idea of the day. It could be news, it could be history, it could be a tangent, it could be love. OK, it’s probably not love. Enjoy. The following is a work of theory and more of a thought exercise than anything else. It’s not based on…

  8. Olajuwon doesn’t think “super teams” are good for NBA

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    We’ve heard this all before. Part of what fueled the owners during the lockout was what happened in Miami — that was well behind the financial motivations for the owners, but it was there. Owners didn’t like players controlling their own destiny to form a “super team.” The argument is that super teams not good…

  9. Video: JaVale McGee working on the Dream Shake with the master

    Aug 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Nuggets' McGee dunks the ball against the Lakers during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game win in Los Angeles

    Just once I ‘d like to find someone who doesn’t look great working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. OK, I probably wouldn’t look great working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. But stick any NBA big man with arguably the best overall center of all time for a few hours in his gym and you’re going to walk…

  10. Rockets task Olajuwon with re-signing Dwight Howard if they pull off the trade

    Jul 14, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The Rockets have a dream. And to keep the dream, should they get the dream, they’re going to use the Dream. Fox Sports Florida spoke with Hakeem Olajuwon regarding the Rockets’ prospective acquisition of Dwight Howard, and the Hall of Famer confirmed that should Houston pull off the biggest trade in franchise history (and there…

  11. Olajuwon pulling for pupil LeBron James in finals

    Jun 12, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    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…

  12. Joakim Noah dreaming of working out with Hakeem Olajuwon. It’s a pun, you see.

    Oct 23, 2011, 11:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Hakeem Olajuwon’s such a popular guy. NBA Hall of Famer. Iconic center. And apparently every NBA player wants to work with him. Kobe Bryant worked with The Dream two years ago. Dwight Howard the past two summers. LeBron James recently. Well, add one more to the list of people who want to get in line…

  13. What can LeBron James actually learn from training with Hakeem Olajuwon?

    Aug 10, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Few things in the world of pro basketball are fetishized more than mentorship, particularly when the part of the wise sage is played by an NBA legend. There’s just something about NBA greats — past and present — comparing notes that really sparks the imagination; the idea that some enlightenment could be gained through two…

  14. LeBron James working out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:29 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Dwight Howard has done it the last two summers. Kobe Bryant has done it. Now it is LeBron James’ turn. LeBron has made the pilgrimage to Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon, he told the Associated Press. “I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James said. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple…

  15. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard needs more freedom

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Free Dwight Howard! That is essentially what Hakeem Olajuwon seems to be saying. Last week, Dwight Howard was working out with the legendary big man, trying to “just shoot” and expand his offensive game. When asked this week what Olajuwon said, it was less about the broad skill set Howard has developed — he has…

  16. Dwight Howard working out with Hakeem Olajuwon again

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Dwight Howard’s offensive repertoire has expanded greatly over the past few years — the knock on him as a power only player is gone. He has developed a Duncanesque midrange bank shot opponents have to respect — the season the Magic went to the finals in 2009 he shot 28 percent from 10 to 15…

  17. Former Hawks player Lorenzo Charles dies in bus crash

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

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    Lorenzo Charles, who played one season for the Atlanta Hawks but is best remembered as a basketball hero of North Carolina State’s second national championship, has died in a bus crash. Charles, 47, was driving the bus, which had no passengers when the accident occurred, on Interstate 40 near Durham, N.C. No other vehicles were…

  18. Kobe Bryant moves to 8th all-time scorer, hits 21 in 1st, 1-5 clutch in loss

    Jan 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Last night was just a big night for Kobe Bryant in general. You might even say it was a rollercoaster of emotions for him. Perhaps a rollercoaster of love. Maybe not. By the end of the night he’d hit another amazing career milestone, had an insane first quarter display, a disappointing end, and a loss.…

  19. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard puts lessons to good use (sorry Stan)

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There has been a real growth in the variety of Dwight Howard’s post game the past two years. Nobody is going to confuse him with Pau Gasol — for a few reasons — but Howard is not all power moves and dunks now. He has a little running hook down the lane and has a…

  20. Kobe passes Oscar Robertson on all-time NBA scoring list

    Jan 8, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list,  overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets. Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles. “It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar,…

  21. Stan Van Gundy says Hakeem not only reason Dwight Howard improved

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:18 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Whenever Hakeem Olajuwon — the big man with the most polished game of his generation — works with a young player it is news. It’s a sign that players (including Kobe Bryant) are going to the mountaintop to seek the guru. Dwight Howard did that this summer. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy wants you to…

  22. Dwight Howard seeks to expand his post game, learns from the best

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    To the casual fan, Dwight Howard’s post game is a crime against humanity. A man with his physical gifts should be dropping 30 a night, they say. Dropping sky hooks on a whim, they say. Calling to mind the centers of old, they say. To hell with that, I say. Howard’s moves on the block…

  23. What can we really expect from Shaq this year?

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EST

    Shaquille O’Neal is still looking for a team. August has arrived, and the FMD (Former Most Dominant) is unemployed. It seems reasonable that Shaq would be towards the end of the free agent acquisitions. He’s in the awkward cross-section of expensive and old, both of which are in the short list of words that make…

  24. Dwight Howard is at least hanging out with Hakeem Olajuwon

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 PM EST

    Two weeks ago, Hakeem Olajuwon mentioned during the Eastern Conference Finals that he would be meeting with Dwight Howard over the summer. It would appear that wasn’t just publicity talk. Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post was the first to catch it. Howard started posting to Twitter about being in Houston, and then posted a photo…

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