Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  18 responses

Hakeem Olajuwon Rooting for LeBron James in NBA Finals

LeBron James famously enlisted the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon to help him with his post game. Dream has never shied away from being a sharp-eyed critic of James’ game, but he feels that LeBron is ready to step up and win his first NBA title. Per Fox Sports: “If he relaxes and just plays his game, he’ll be fine and I think (the Heat) win it,’ said Olajuwon, who said he has become like a ‘big brother’ to James in the past year. Olajuwon knows a bit about winning championships. The legendary center led Houston to titles in 1994 and 1995, each time being named Finals MVP. [...] After watching James in the playoffs, especially his 45-point, 15-rebound showing in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston, Olajuwon believes the time has come. ‘You look at a lot of the moves, and it was unbelievable to watch,’ said Olajuwon, speaking Monday by phone from Jordan about having seen that Game 6 last Thursday. ‘The way they were executed it was a joy to watch because I know that we worked on that, and to see him using it at a most crucial time. He is in a comfort zone, and he is doing it how he is supposed to do it.’ After being in Jordan during the winter, Olajuwon returned to Texas, where he was from mid-March until three weeks ago. Before leaving the US, Olajuwon talked on the phone with James. The discussion came after James had totaled 40 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a May 20 win over Indiana that knotted up their East semifinal series at 2-2. ‘He seemed very relaxed,’ Olajuwon said. ‘He was talking about the position of the team and he was very confident they would get it done. He talked about Chris Bosh (the Heat forward who was out nine games with an abdominal strain but returned for Game 5 against Boston) being out, but he felt that they would get together and get it done. He said it, and he proved it. … I just encouraged him to feel relaxed and feel comfortable and just be himself, and he must play his game,’ Olajuwon said. ‘He’s unbelievable how he’s handled all the pressure, and now he’s playing well at the right time. I have to give him a tremendous amount of credit for his demeanor with all that pressure … He is adding balance to his game because he is more comfortable making post moves,’ Olajuwon said. ‘He’s a more complete player. He is using a lot of the post moves (taught last summer). If you look at LeBron, with his physique and his strength and skills, you know that as he gets later in his career he will appreciate the post more, and it will get much easier for him.’”

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  • Rik Smits Mullet

    it think the country of Jordan has to retire there name for slam article readability purposes.

    The dream said it. I said it. Its your time Lebron.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Proud of this kid, I really am. Win or lose (and y’all know I hope the Heat wins), it really has been a joy to watch LBJ this season. I’ve watched a lot of basketball and I’ve never seen a player quite like him. And yes, Jordan is still GOAT, but this kid is a maestro on the basketball court.

  • MVP23100

    I agree Cheryl

  • bike

    Jordan is still GOAT but James has the potential to surpass him. Underscore potential.

  • MookieBlaylock

    I wish more people could appreciate Lebron James for what he is, instead of all the mindless hating. He is a joy to watch, haters need to sit back and enjoy his prime while it lasts.


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

    Wilt is still GOAT but Jordan had the potential to surpass him.

  • Ash

    I wish ppl stoping comparing every to MJ. There will never be another MJ, Magic, or Bird etc. Apperciate the way he plays bball might be the only time you see it in our generation. I hope he gets a ring this year.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Jordan Crawford has the potential to surpass MJ.

  • deezy

    LOL @LakeShow. Classic.

    I’m glad to hear stories like these about Lebron. Many Hall of Famers seem to have something against King James. It’s refreshing to hear that Hakeem “..has become like a ‘big brother’ to James”. When it’s all said and done, he will be one of the greatest players of all time.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    Jordan Crawford once dunked on Lebron so that makes him the MVP.

  • LA Huey

    Dream’s my 3rd favorite of all time. Cool to see him so high on my 2nd favorite player ever.

  • underdog

    Man, I kind of dislike the Heat, but I root for LBJ in this one. It’s his game and his time now.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    KAJ is still the GOAT but MJ and Wilt had the potential to surpass him.

  • Farhan sajid

    Kareem abdUl jabbar is the goat but mj is the second bestt

  • Ldub

    Why do people think MJ is the GOAT? I think he’s top 3 but He doesnt have more rings, points, steals, boards etc than others. So what makes him (in the eyes of some) the GOAT. Definitely 1 of the best, but not the best.

  • JB

    Remember that Jordan did it at a time in the NBA when it was at its most physical play (ref: the bad boys) and hand-checking was legal. If Jordan played today, fuhhhhgettttttboutttttit!

  • http://eurosport.com Bow down to the Chosen One King James

    bron has the opportunity to surpass jordan…time for the ring has come!

  • LeBrOn 4 MvP!

    its lebrons time