Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  43 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire ‘Can’t Wait’ for NBA Season After Working with Olajuwon

All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who’s spent the better part of a week in Houston training with Hall-of-Fame center Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, is ecstatic about all he’s learned. Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who played with Olajuwon when the two were with the Rockets, advised Stoudemire to work with Hakeem with hopes of adding some weapons to his offensive arsenal. If Stoudemire’s mindset is any indication, it seems like the mission has been accomplished. Via MyFoxHouston.com: “‘It’s always room to improve as a player,’ Stoudemire said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. ‘To want to be the best is always a common denominator for most players. So working with Hakeem, one of the best players to ever play the game, is a great opportunity for me. We are both very quick and athletic for our positions. So to learn from him will be a great advantage for me.’ Stoudemire said it is fantastic to work with a guy who has accomplished so much in the NBA. Olajuwon won two NBA championships with the Rockets and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. ‘He helped me a lot,’ Stoudemire said. ‘A lot of moves that he has really, really translate to my game. To now develop a post game is going to be remarkable for me. It’s going to catch a lot of my opponents off guard and it’s going to be a great year for me. I have the IQ to implement this and learn fast, but it’s not easy. There’s a lot of detail that goes into it. He’s very, very swift with his footwork, and he’s very agile also, at (age) 50 still. It’s great to learn from him. This is a great opportunity because you never how long he’s going to be able to do this. So while I’m young and can still learn from one of the best, (I’m) very blessed to be a part of it.’”

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Great moves to use when Melo’s not on the floor. Those two can’t play well together especially with the ball in Melo’s hands all the time.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Amare waited to now, to work on his game-really. Trade this guy for anything please!!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Amar’e has to flash back in his mind to the days when he was an MVP candidate playing on a talented, deep team in NY before that trade.

  • Fat Lever

    I more interested to see what JaVale takes from his lessons with Hakeem(I think that’s him in the background).

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    @Fat Lever That is him. I’m also interested in seeing what he takes from it.

  • coyboo

    do you really need to tell people what ur doing to prepare for the upcoming season? im waiting to be disappointed on the outcome on this one

  • hillbilly

    I, too, can’t wait for the upcoming season. Celtics/Heat ECF & Lakers/Thunder WCF with the hapless Knicks nowhere in sight, as usual.

  • Mo

    If only I had a dollar for everytime Amare has said this. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • O

    I like Stat, but hes proven to be alllll talk. Not to mention son stays getting stripped of the ball whenever he tries to post up and make a move. I bet the same thing keeps happening this year. Son just doesnt know how to protect the ball in the paint. Hes gonna get stripped so much people in the Garden are gonna start throwing dollar bills on the Garden floor everytime it happens. He’ll probably get casted in the Magic Mike sequel…

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Javale there as well. thats great.
    nuggets are going to be a fun team this year.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Why the f**k would you wait 10 years to improve or work on your post game? Dude got drafted back in 2002, he should’ve been working on his game

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Let’s get it mare!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Lol what a joke.

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

    I’m interested to see his “improvement” next season. This guy has been all talk since he’s stepped in NY. Let’s see if he can actually hunt in Miami instead of being hunted.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “It’s going to catch a lot of my opponents off guard”
    Naw… not anymore. You had to make this as public as possible, so naw man, they know.
    F*ckin Amare’.
    This dude.

  • TR

    No way Amare’s going to get enough out of this to make it worth his (or Hakeem’s) time. Hope Hakeem gets PAID for this. I don’t see how anything less than his particular background from soccer and stuff can result in that kind of footwork. Truly one of a kind. Would absolutely annihilate today’s post players.

  • Pais

    All you sour azz cynics make me sick. You never miss a chance to crap on someone or something. I swear half you guys don’t even like basketball, this is just your male version of a ‘sewing circle’. I’m not a fan of Amare or the Knicks but as a fan of basketball I’m excited to see the results of this. Assuming he was able to absorb even fraction of what Dream has to pass on it can only be beneficial. With the IQ that Mcgee has exhibited thus far, why would you think that coaching from the Dream would be more beneficial for him than it could be for Amare? Who cares that Amare didn’t do this sooner, at least after 10yrs in the league he’s still looking to improve. Isn’t that what we always want from these millionaire athletes?

  • Pais

    Rant continued…I’m not a Melo fan, but…I hate hearing all this mess about Melo. Some of you dudes got NO respect. Melo has been doing the damn thing for years against the best of the best. So what if he never won anything, there’s been a lot of guys who balled their azz off that retired without the accolades or success that accurately reflects how good they were. If the coach can’t devise a system to incorporate a natural born killa like Melo then that’s on them. Sometimes I wish could slap some of you kids when you start talking all that jazz about the Kobe’s and the Bron’s etc. STOP IT, they’re incredible and you’re lucky to witness their greatness…assuming you like basketball of course.

  • Pais

    rant finished…now hate me

  • lemskiz

    @pais now i hate you

  • crooklyn

    Can’t wait to underachieve????? Been there done that…we cant wait for this dude to lead the bench brigade, but ego will lead into familiar underachieving waters. Hoping for the best but damn sure expecting the worst. Shout out to the melo man and those 2 chainz baby

  • pposse

    Hakeem is getting paid for this. There was some article, he was charging something like 15k a day. Amare did get a little too excited about it tho..dude did tell everyone that he was going to see Hakeem in the offseason, then basically told the world that he developed a post game now.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    This pais dude need to quit whining. Like Bernie Mac said “Quit cryin and do some push-ups or something”

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

    lol @ Kevin

  • Pais

    @Kevin – I get it, if you quote someone who is funny, it makes you funny? I guess there’s a degree of logic there but shouldn’t what you’re quoting be at least relevant? Maybe I don’t get it. I will admit however that I got a little carried away earlier, who knows perhaps push-ups are in order.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    FWIW, “No question, I see him as another star,” Olajuwon said. “That guy should dominate the league. He has tremendous talent. I give him all these moves and he can finish and he’s already skilled.”

  • Mas.2

    Amare for P. Gasol please!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Amare is a clown. All of you peasents should be forever grateful I continue to bless this horrible site with my glowing presence.

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danpowers

    as if stoudemire has ever been lazy. look at this guys body shape at his age and compare him to many other bigs in the l. people tend to forget that he was an absolute elite player in 2010/11 and played through nagging injuries and personal problems in 11/12. i think in past offseasons he either had to work himself back from injuries that force others to retire or decrease to role player status. you can critizise his lack of defensive iq or b**ch about all the media attention ny players get for anything they do but calling him lazy is just nonsense

  • LA Huey

    It’d be smart if he molded his game around Carmelo’s strengths and weaknesses. Become a worthy defender, rebounder, and extend your range. Aside from the latter, those holes have existed in his game for a LONG time.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Ditch the goggles and he’ll be allright

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’d say Melo should be the one to mold his game around STAT’s. Usually the best player changes his game to fit with the cast around him. Melo never changed after he got to NY. Stoudemire had that team rolling before the trade. Melo came in and is just shooting away like he did in Denver even though he has an All-Star big man who was an MVP candidate before he arrived.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    @Dutch nah he can keep the goggles he needs to ditch those braids immediately. Seriously those are the worst set of braid i’ve ever seen. Him, Brad Miller and Jerry Rice got the worst cornrows in the history of sports. Amare’s braids dont even touch the back of his neck. I will continue to root against Amare Stoudemire and everything he does until he cuts those braids off.

  • LA Huey

    Kevin, does my screen have a braid filter or something? I didn’t see any ‘rows on dudes head in that video.
    And BAMN, Melo is the better player, STAT needs to understand that and change HIS game. Just like Wade let LBJ take the reigns this year.
    “Sometimes you need to step back so your team can leap forward.” – LA Huey

  • KC

    Takes more than a summer for post moves to become instinctual. I hope this works for amare, I always liked him as a player.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com/content/view/424/37/ Shock Exchange

    The Shock Exchange used to play HS football with a guy who would wear his letterman’s jacket and flex his muscles for the girls the week of the big game. In the locker room he would “rah, rah, rah,” impressing the coaches, and then lead the team out onto the field for the pregame warm-up. Then once the game started, he was the first person to miss his assignment. The moral of the story – AMARE, LET YOUR PLAY SPEAK FOR YOU.

  • http://Slamonline Knicksnation

    I think the only thing amare and melo were missing all this time was a legit point guard that knows how to run a basketabll team and they more then have what they need this season with ray felton back and jason kidd off the bench

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    @LA Huey If anyone needs to take a step back and change, it’s Melo. That’s clear if you watch them play. Melo can’t just shoot and think that will be enough to win. It hasn’t worked in the 9 years he’s been in the league. The only year he got past the 1st round, it was because of Chauncey Billups’ leadership. Melo has to pass the ball more. He has to defend. He has to rebound. Period. As the best player, it’s on him to get his teammates involved especially when one of his teammates is an All-Star and one of the best big men in basketball. Wade could change his game because everyone knows LeBron will facilitate. He’ll keep his teammates in the game. Melo won’t do that consistently. Melo and LeBron are two different players. Wade knew he’d still get his shots. Melo has to be on the bench for Amar’e to get his shots.

  • sadeye2507

    This guy

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Co-sign Fat Lever. Javale Mcgee seems to be one of those dudes that have a surplus of god given natural ability, but just needs to get his head right to dominate. (Even Hakeem himself said so)

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

    Those spins looked weak and off balance, in fact even on his turn-around jumper his feet looked so wobbly. Some moves arent for some players, stay in your lane, before you blow your knee out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Me thinks Pais just owned Kevin LOL.

  • Mike

    Why couldn’t they trade this guy for Dwight. Instead la trades for him for a pack of stamps, some gum and a used condom.