Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  71 responses

Hakeem Olajuwon: Kobe’s Yoda

Dream senses that the force is strong within this one: “Each time he backed down Houston’s Shane Battier in the post and then deftly spun around him for a layup Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant jogged up court staring into the same pocket of fans seated courtside across from the scorer’s table. The man who met his gaze knew exactly the message Bryant was trying to convey. ‘He looked at me to confirm, ‘I’m using what you taught me,” Hakeem Olajuwon said. ‘That was the greatest gift for me. It was wonderful.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    That’s a pretty damn good Yoda.

  • http://joe_c_jr@att.net Joe

    After 14 years in the L, Kobe can still learn from one of the greats, but Bynum is done with Cap after 3 or 4.

  • jumpman3224

    I love that Kobe’s game is still evolving. There are maybe only two or three other guys in NBA history that you can say that about at this point in a career.

  • Yesse

    Yeah i saw Kobe and Hakeem practicing together on “dream shake”.It apparently works with Kobe.

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    simply Great …

  • cramzy

    Dwight should really give Dream a call. All due respect to Pat Ewing but…

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Great story. I wonder what Shaq thinks about not getting an e-mail from Kobe.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    i kinda wish dream was only helping rockets, but maybe i’m just being selfish.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Yoda, himself, was pretty damn good.

  • K-Nasty

    Impressive…most impressive…but you are not a Jedi yet.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    This is why Kobe is great. Just like Joe and jumpman3224 said, he still wants more to his game. No other player in the game today near Kobe’s level would bother with taking advice from a great.

  • http://www.okaymentary.com the_capital_t

    @joe: Andrew Bynum would not have survived the 1960s. Or the 1980s.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    CDef28, sorry but that’s just BS. Superstars get advice from legends all the time without it being the news.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    Z, advice or training?

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    If Hakeem is Yoda, then Kobe is Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia is the white girl.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Yeah Z, they don’t actually train with them. Sure they take advice. Show me LeBron, DWade or Carmelo moves that came from another player

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    And DHoward doesn’t have any moves.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    LeBron doesn’t have to take anyone’s moves. He invented the Crab Dribble all by himself.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kobe called Hakeem the greatest post player of all-time in that article.
    Shot’s Fired!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Spaceship Jay

    Allenp; He is though, seriously.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    CDef28, you know what, you’re right. Silly me, there are no other stars that have incorporated moves from past legends in their arsenal.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Z you are an idiot. Of course they do. They just don’t bother to learn them at this level because of egos.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    yea really z, how could you have not seen that before? its so obvious

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    giving Bryant a two-hour step-by-step lesson on everything from head fakes and ball fakes to spin moves and jab steps.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    CDef28, are you seriously saying that Kobe has less of an ego as some other superstars? Your point is based on absolutely nothing. You have no idea how other superstars train and whom they consult with. To claim that Kobe is the only getting advice from past greats and incorporating new moves to his arsenal is at best, naive, and at worst, f-cking stupid.

  • fredtc

    dream should be teaching yao his moves

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    He has, fredtc. He trained with Yao in the past–which is probably one of the reasons why Yao is the best center in the game.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ewing taught Yao his turnaround, too.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    As a Houstonian, this kinda pisses me off. At the same time, It’s kinda cool.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sWhatSheSaid

    Can’t Paxson teach LeBron a jump shot? That fool needs help. That drive is so predictable… you know?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    nick i agree, it’s crazy how we probably lost that game due to TWO ex-rockets…

  • http://slamonline.com S.Man

    Your move Lebron.

  • http://slamonline.com S.Man

    Lebron: I counter your Hakeem Olajuwon and bring in…Hakeem Olajuwon.

  • skywalker

    the mamba is always willing to add to his arsenal


    You clowns really think that kobe is the only nba player that trains hard to improve each year. Just because u don’t hear stories and see videos of other players doesn’t mean they don’t train as hard if not harder than kobe. U think that lebron woke up one day and was all of a sudden 6-8 255 with explosiveness and skills or CP slacked off and became an all-world point. Give other players props and stop acting like kobe is the only player in the L that trains hard. U dont make it in the L without hard work and dedication.

  • skywalker

    lebron’s signature move “the crab dribble”

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    CDef what are you talking about? Andrew Bynum trained with Kareem Adbul-Jabbar. Yao Ming trained with Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing. Dwight Howard still trains with Patrick Ewing.
    Why would you assume Kobe to be the only player training with NBA legends?

  • PJ

    lebron is way ahead of kobe right now, it took kobe 10 years to be unselfish and thats just how lebron is. give lebron bynum, fish, odom, gasol and he would be on a three peat right now

  • Dach

    The difference with Kobe working with dream vs Yao working with dream and Dwight/Ewing and bynum/Kareem is that Kobe is doing homework to add to an already complete arsenal. The other examples are same position mentors. If Dwight is getting jumper lessons from Reggie miller would ve a better example- but he better get some post moves first.

  • Peter B

    The triangle isn’t built for one man offenses that lebron is used to, he isn’t a good enough mid range shooter to utilize tex winters offense the way that kobe can so I have to disagree.

  • BostonBaller

    I think one of the original comments stated that Kobe AT THIS STAGE in his career not that he is the only one training with a legend. The Dream is indeed 1 of the best post players with great moves but don’t forget McHale whom no one could stop.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    I know players train with greats. Hows that working for Howard and Bynums moves in the low post? They both still look lost on the block.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    now go to your boy bron bron and learn that amazing 15 step crab drible kobe…now thats fundamentals!!!LMFAO

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    now go to your boy bron bron and learn that amazing 15 step crab drible kobe…now thats fundamentals!!!LMFAO

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    sorry for the double..seriously though, bron need some post moves like mamba to get some easy buckets and became even more dominant imo.

  • nastierthanu

    Kobes a monster and his skills are precise. All this who’s the best talk is pushing him. He’s not gonna be the ol skool villian in the kung fu flicks. Gettin sloppy while bron develops. Somethin to be said for that

  • Michael Scorn

    Anytime LeBron does anything, we here about it. For exeample, his sone made two baskets at practice one day during the finals. Since they haven’t featured LeBron training with a legend on sports center yet, it didn’t happen.

  • Scu11y

    The reason Kobe went to dream and not another big is size and physical attributes. Dream was usually undersized (v pat, shaq and admiral) and used quickness and precision to decimate them. the same way kobe is tryin to with bigger players.

  • http://slamonline.com Niya-girl-fresh

    Tee hee hee at people getting upset because Kobe is training with a great. Every player is suppose to choose or add another element to their game by learning from a great, old or young. As you get older you lose athleticsm and then you have to focus more on your perimeter fundamentals to do damage that’s exactly what Kobe did.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    THE REAL REASON kobe did this is because melo was abusing him in the wcf last season

  • http://slamonline.com Niya-girl-fresh

    ^Please!! Lmao!!

  • http://fjklf.com Jukai

    Isn’t it just insane that the best offensive player in the NBA just got that much better? Christ..

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    That’s funny, Tarzan. I could’ve sworn Kobe hit every clutch basket against Melo and led his team to a championship.

  • vic21

    I love this. Kobe learning from the best center ever was something I didn’t expect but I love it. Kobe is the sh*t.

  • vic21

    Tarzan you really need to pull your head out of your @ss. Seriously.

  • youngmuggsy

    I’m sure he’ll use the moves he’s learnt to force up fadeaways with plenty of time left on the clock..

  • Aussie Boy

    Be my yoda?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I think Dwight had been training with Greg Ostertag this past off season.

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  • A.J. Simon

    Greatest center of ALL TIME

  • jihad

    It still amazes me that people keep trying to force the issue when it comes to Kobe and LeBron! LeBron hasnt won a damn thing yet! He is getting there but he is not Kobe yet! Kobe is STILL the better defender! Stop pushing it, LeBron will get there! Kobe is the best COMPLETE player in the L today. I said COMPLETE! Watch the damn games and not sportscenter! LeBron is who the L wants to market now! Kobe’s time has passed as far as that is concerned.

  • vanillagorrila

    oden should hit him up christ the blazer’s need somebody other than chris dudley showing this kid some offense

  • chintao

    My enemy’s friend is my enemy. Sorry, Hakeem. My indifference has blossomed into hatred. Buckwheats on both Dream and that other guy to whom he’s teaching his stuff.

  • Hoodsnake

    Who’s Iverson training with? Hot Rod Williams?

  • Wendy

    I’m a big Rockets Fan. But I just visited Texas for the first time in my life, recently. And I had to say, the CITY of San Antonio is so waaaay nicer that the city of Houston.

    I hope the Rockets will beat the crap out of the Spurs though.

  • Shem

    Who do you guys think is a better post up sg: Kobe or MJ?

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  • nastierthanu

    @youngmuggsy. Stop hatin kobe’s the most decorated player of his generation. Forcing up fade aways with time left on the clock. Its that type of comment that screams I don’t know the game. Hate him or love him. Lakers are the defending champs amd the team to beat