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Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 12:26 pm  |  40 responses

JaVale McGee Trains With Hakeem Olajuwon (VIDEO)

And learns the Dream Shake.

We knew basketball mastermind Hakeem Olajuwon was working with Amar’e Stoudmire (who’s also in the video above), but here’s some video footage of The Dream training Nuggets big man JaVale McGee, and even teaching him the legendary Dream Shake. Will we see a brand new McGee this season?

(H/T: PBT)

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  • satchow

    Why is JaVale McGee wearing pants while Amare is wearing John Stockton’s shorts?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Javale has limitless potential, I think he’s gonna be amazing in a couple years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    1:03 Mcgee getting his griffin on

  • junkie

    I want to see the two of them go head to head in the post

  • http://nba.com EJ

    He should train with Stephen Hawking.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    ^^^ That was good.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ spit

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Working with Hakeem is gonna do wonders for him.

  • greg

    he should work with kareem, he would teach javale how to use his length properly

  • Kadavour

    greg ftw

  • Jer dawg

    Lol at Javale throwing it in with ease.
    Those Amare shorts were weird. I was thinking which country is he from wearing running shorts and is he Just starting to play basketball?
    Get that man some decent length shorts!

  • OTB

    This is kinda hilarious. The whole trend of filming training sessions with Hakeem became popular when Kobe did it in 2010, and since then its taken on a life of its own. Amare, with Hakeem’s moves, is going to be awesome (on offense atleast).

  • http://www.slamonline.com AT

    lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com AT

    javale threw it in like it was nothin and it is nothin for him. dudes like him blake griff can do what ever they want in da paint

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I think Javale will benefit more from this than Amare. I just don’t see Amare being able to show off his post game with the Knicks.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s crazy that a 50+ yr old Hakeem still has more fluidity and skills than his much younger students.

  • billups

    @JTaylor21, crazy. I still remember the vid of him working out Dwight a year or more back. He’s far more fluid and skillful than any big in the NBA today…then to think he was a converted soccer goalie when all these cats have been hooping since they were kids…LEGENDARY

  • servantofthemosthigh

    @JTaylor21 The fact that he played soccer at a young age helped develop the footwork that he still has to this day. There is definitely something to be said about being a well rounded athlete.

  • Larry Sportello

    McGee brings the ball down way to far.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Ve5j7w26I Max

    Man, it must be so much fun playing in Mcgee’s body..

  • http://www.mensa.org/workout.php shutup

    @max just where a condom (while playing in his body I mean) Amare is so stiff at least McGee has some balance, you think it’d be the other way around, that the tall lanky one would have the weaker base.

  • too short too easy

    for guys Mcgee’s size the basket should be 4m high

  • The Mauve Avenger

    @Max i agree with shutup. pause!

  • http://thefrontofficenews.com JT

    I’m happy McGee took the extra step to let Hakeem train him, it will do him wonders on offense. The kid has the potential lets see if he can put it together.

  • http://theillustrationboard.tumblr.com/ Stepfan

    Why didn’t he do this in Washington? smh

  • robb

    Call me crazy but McGee’s moves look more fluid than Amare’s

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    You can practice all the moves in the world but it still takes a high level of intelligence and awareness to know to execute them on game day. Best of luck Javale.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    We can all take shots (and I have) at McGee’s intelligence but offense can be taught. He has all the hardware, just missing the software. If Dwight, Bynum and lots of straight from high school bigs can learn so can McGee. Defense is far much harder to teach. Amare will likely never improve defensively. McGee for all his previous offensive shortcomings will always be an above average to possibly excellent defender.

  • BigA

    Hakeem has the dream balance. Stop saying his soccer had a big influence if you dont know soccer.

  • ctk

    Even more reason to start Chandler at the four u cant let McGee feel more important than he is on offense…rebound/block shots/sthu is his job…Is it good to have offense skills yes but run the O thru him NO..Faried cant score n no kind of way to play him too long with McGee

  • coyboo

    i like mcgee for being low key on his approach on this. unlike the other guy with the film crew on his side

  • TR

    Goddamn I miss watching Hakeem clown fools at both ends of the court.

  • Trout

    The one dude missing from these training sessions is Bynum of all the big men in the NBA he will need to extend his skill set if he is going to be the main attacking option in Philly.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Ve5j7w26I Max

    Now everything standing between him and being the GOAT is a mental training session with the GOAT ‘Brian’.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    If mcgee can use the post moves he learned from Hakeem. He could be better on offense then howard.
    Hope Nuggets sweep the Lakers in the playoffs.

  • LA Huey

    I hope everyone keeps following the Kobe trend and we commoners get enough footage for $15,000 worth of tutoring.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He looks good here, let’s hope he can do this in a real game. He’d be unstoppable.

  • davidR

    lol huey. maybe in 5 more years we’ll have enough footage

  • Jah1

    As a Houstonian and huge Rockets fan, I envy other teams sending their big man to OUR guy to train. It’s all good though. He gets the respect of his peers and the youngsters (big men) coming into the NBA. You can’t get quality teaching in the post-game from others, like Kareem— hahah: Mr.One Dimensional, Sky Hook.

    Smh.

    Lakers fans better realize, Dream is the best post-game, big man ever. Better than your Wilt, your Walton and your Jabbar. And the only reason Shaq would be relevant is due to his sheer size and brute force. Without that, he had no deft post-moves like Dream that leave his opponents looking lost in the middle of nowhere. Haha. Good memories of Dream.

    Good luck to Javale McGee. I know he wish his training was low-key and away from the media but it didn’t turn out that way after Amare brought the camera crewmen. Now, teams are gonna dig up old films of Dream in his heydays and refresh every moves he made and prepare their team defense based on it. McGee would have to be Dream 3.0 to elevate his post-game moves in todays’ NBA defense. Good luck.

  • topcat

    Javale travels on just about every rep. Watch Amare’s feet and then watch Javale’s. Javale – all flash, no substance.

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