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Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 10:40 am  |  61 responses

Hakeem Olajuwon Thinks Miami Can Win ‘3 Out of 5 Championships’


by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Hakeem Olajuwon’s tutelage of LeBron James in the low post last summer has been well-documented. And while Hakeem took enormous pleasure in LeBron finally breaking through and leading his team to an NBA title, Dream thinks LBJ and company are just getting started.

Olajuwon wouldn’t go as far as LeBron did when he promised something like 6 or 7 NBA championships upon his arrival in South Beach, but Hakeem is convinced that James and the Miami Heat can collect quite a few more gold trophies in the next few years.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

With the Heat set to open training camp Saturday, Olajuwon, who knows what it takes to repeat, has some bad news for the rest of the league. He believes LeBron will soon incorporate even more of the low-post game they polished. “That was just last year,” Olajuwon says. “That was his first year. Now I think he gets a little more comfortable. When he gets more comfortable, he will come more into his own in the post.” Nor does Olajuwon, while acknowledging the presence of several “legitimate” title contenders out west, see any reason LeBron can’t do what Kobe did and follow up his Hakeem Sessions with back-to-back titles. “I think it will be much easier for him,” Olajuwon says. “All the pressure of, ‘OK, can he do it?’ That’s gone now.”

“The goal is different,” Olajuwon says. “It’s not to prove a point to people. Now it’s just to take advantage of the opportunity: ‘Can we really achieve something great in the real sense? Can we get three out of five [championships]?’” Olajuwon’s eyes widen. He leans forward.  The Dream is about to forecast an NBA nightmare. “That is a very realistic goal,” he says. “In fact, it’s scary.”

Bold, headline-grabbing claim aside, Hakeem talks at length about what he worked on with LeBron during their brief time together in the gym – everything from proper balance, spin moves, attack dribbles, and so on. It’s a fascinating read.

The Miami Heat will soon begin their title defense, and the weight of expectations will only grow heavier.

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  • hugo

    lebron is about to go cadaverous on his opponents

  • bravo

    They will only get better from now on…..

  • sef

    i’ve been thinking of betting $1,000 on miami winning the title. $3.40 odds. i just can’t see them losing

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

    Not if the Knicks and the Nets have anything to say about it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL!

  • Datkid

    LMAO

  • zogs19994

    I AGREE COMPLETLY LEAVE 1 FOR LA AND MAYBE 1 FOR OKC OR CHI-TOWN IF DROSE COMES BACK

  • 23

    Rotfl

  • 23

    Am i seriously the only who knows Lebron didn’t seriously guarantee 8 chips? Come on yall, talk about taking something out of context!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    naw, it’s just pointless to try and correct everyone, nobody cares. They just want to remember “not 1, not 2, etc.” as a guarantee, not a response to, “how many championships do you WANT to win here in Miami?” – if he would have said anything less than “Multiple Titles” he would have been criticized even heavier. – the real issue is, when he said those things, and the events that led up to it.

  • MUBWAR

    hahahaha im typing this in class in class dude cause its that ridiculous.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULAvG4WxQp0 CubicleDunker

    The real question is how much does D-Wade have left in the tank? Failed to show up to a lot of games in the playoffs last season. At the same time he bailed LeBron out on several other games. I think the Lakers take this a la the year the Big 3 came together in Boston. The season after that is anybodies guess. I don’t see OKC losing much more than that. Then give it two more seasons and D Rose is as prime and D-Wade is too old/too slow. Here’s my prediction
    2013 – Lakers
    2014 – Lakers/Heat/OKC
    2015 – OKC/Chi
    2016 – Cleveland?? (LBJ peaces to team up with Irving who by then is top 3 if not the best PG in the league)
    There is a legitimate chance that the Heat don’t win another championship with the Lakers being so strong and OKC being too hungry. There is also a chance that OKC doesn’t win another chip due to LAL taking possibly the next two years, D-Rose getting to a higher level than ever before, and some type of conflict in OKC (either through not being able to afford everybody, fueds between players, etc)

  • kingman
  • kingman
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Wade was hurt in the playoffs, not old.
    .
    OKC is going to run into major issues next summer, when they have to actually pay everyone.
    .
    LA is old. The chances of them winning a title this year are not as high as everyone thinks imo. Infact, i doubt they get passed OKC in a playoff series, seeing as how they matchup so horrendously.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know that petition won’t actually change anything right? you can’t force people to hire someone.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    would you quit spamming the pages with this pointless petition.

  • shockexchange

    Hakeem is correct. After continuing his mastery of the Shock Exchange’s “LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James,” (i) LeBron is far and away the best player and the L and (ii) the Heat is sitting in the catbird seat.

  • Slick Ric

    The Heat will be one and done…………..Two at the most, but I see one chip for them.

  • Redd

    But he could of easily said we’re going to fight to win a chip every single season and our aim is to win it every year.

  • Redd

    The avatar fits you in this situation Nick, lol, you’re a cool dude but..AHERM.

  • Redd

    As a Muslim, I’m a big Hakeem fan. But..this is too much. They won’t be winning that many. I think the league is about to become concentrated with star power in single teams. It’ll now become a league of ‘hope you draft some players who will be Lebron-esque’ or lose.

  • roscoe

    save your cash for milk & gas & school

  • roscoe

    I would argue the fact the “Heat” are in the “catbird seat” could turn out to be their “trojan horse”.
    I take Bron bron & dwade out of that, but the rest of their team is equally important.

  • roscoe

    ~choking on lunch~

  • shockexchange

    Agreed. The Miami Heat took the cake last year, not LeBron. They win and lose as a team. They balled out … didn’t mean to imply otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No matter what he said he was going to get criticized. He could have said something better, but it wouldn’t have changed perception.
    .

  • the king

    the dream is on point 3 in a row

  • Redd

    The perception would remain, I agree. But the heavy burden he added, could have been avoided. It came off as arrogant, as much as I dislike him i agree I don’t feel like he meant it as so. Honestly he seems like a good guy, but it’s basketball, fans are passionate.

  • LakeShow


    I think the league is about to become concentrated with star power”
    So what has changed? It’s been like that for a while now…

  • gunplay

    HATERS KEEP TRYING TO CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT LEBRON AND THE HEAT ARE A FLUKE! PLEASE! Its silly and ridiculous for so many ignorant basketball fans to think that they will only win one and got “lucky” last year. The reign won’t stop

  • Redd

    Not to this degree where you’ve got the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, and Nets. Stars signing alongside other stars.

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

    The closest he’ll ever be to being back in the NBA is in 2K13

  • LakeShow

    Are you sure…
    Cause i’m pretty sure there have been allot of super teams in the past…
    Like 100%.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULAvG4WxQp0 CubicleDunker

    I disagree, how is LA old? They are veteran’s.. Assuming they stay healthy. Nash still kills it, Kobe may have lost a bit of a step but he’s still a top 5 player in the league no matter how you slice it, MWP is one of the best defenders in the game, Gasol will hae security this year and hopefully be better utilized and D12 is D12 another top 5 player assuming the injury doesn’t slow him. You know Nash is going to put it all on the line being on a contender for the first time in years (and first time with guys that have won it all), you know D12 is going to be ferocious in order to justify his behaviour a bit, you know Gasol wants redemption of the last two years and has everybody forgot about Kobe Bryant??? People want to go against the hype so much that betting against them is now the popular opinion, LA has as good of a chance to win it this year as anybody. They aren’t backing down.

  • NOT ONE NOT TOO NOT TWEE

    who gon stop em

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man Steve Nash was playing 30MPG last season. He was killing relative to his minutes, not relative to the best players in the league. He’s old, he’s slow, and he hasn’t played 35+ minutes a night since 2007. You aren’t going to find many people higher on Steve Nash as a player than me, but he’s old, this is clear. .
    Kobe too is getting old. He’s still a top 10 guy, top 5 debatably, but he’s getting old and also hasn’t been a relevant defensive player since 2009. .
    MWP is still a top 10ish wing defender, but he is also getting old, has lost much of his quickness, and is really no match for Kevin Durant. .
    I am not saying LA can’t win, just that I don’t have them beating OKC, and haven’t since the day of the Howard trade, popular opinion has absolutely nothing to do with it (and for the record, more often than not people think LA vs. Miami in the finals is basically inevitable). .
    The advantages that OKC has over LA (the perimeter) are to me, bigger than LA’s advantages (the bigs) which is the main reason I have OKC winning. But I am not at all, counting LA out, if anything I’d say it’s like 52-47-1 that OKC comes out the West than LA, and the 1 representing the rest of the field.
    .

  • whooo!

    2 more rings in 5 years seems quite doable actually — it’s not like he’s claiming a 3-peat. competition seems too stacked to have one runaway favorite every single year. it does also make me appreciate the fact that we’re debating if one of the most impressive super-teams (Miami) can win 3 out of 5, and the last team to accomplish this feat flew completely under the radar (and did it with 2 totally different squads) — they sure as hell weren’t hyped/regarded in the same light as this Miami team has been.

  • whooo!

    it’ll be interesting to see LA. they are far more balanced than Miami, they’re now clearly better than the Spurs, but i dunno if they have an edge over OKC. those 2 teams are gonna have a phenomenal matchup if they meet this year. but the difference if you saw the WCF last year, in the closeout, Durant and Westbrook were playing all 48 minutes — SA’s big 3 can’t match those minutes in the playoffs, and it nullifies any depth advantage.

    any LA fan should be concerned to an extent with their health. is Dwight coming back stronger than ever, or is his back gonna leave him like D-Rob or T-Mac after lingering back injuries, where they were a shell of their former selves. and Steve Nash at 38 with his back issues should be a concern — will this prove that there really are miracle workers on the Phx medical staff?

  • LakeShow

    “hasn’t been a relevant defensive player since 2009″
    I don’t know what that means, but I’m pretty sure I disagree.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I didn’t mean irrelevant as in Steve Nash irrelevant. I meant as in the top perimeter defenders in the league conversation irrelevant. As in, not a defensive difference maker against OKC and not a defensive piece to brag about in a series between them.

  • K_Holiday05

    So sad slam updated their comment system because now I can’t comment at work because of the old ass Internet browser. Smh

  • The Seed

    Hakeem must be dreaming.

  • roscoe

    What do you think will happen if the LAC meet OKC in the playoffs? It is bound to happen this year.

  • KobeBryantTaskForce

    Not with Kobe in the NBA #BasedKobeTaskForce

  • Redd

    Ok name 5 super teams created by trade with adding 3 stars? Go ahead.

  • Redd

    sorry I mean a team having 3 stars through trade.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K5AOM2HH6I23FLLLHVA3LE63KM Malcolm

    Lebron wasnt traded. Neither was bosh.

  • Redd

    Good call, my bad. I was on the phone with a client when I replied. I mean 3 stars coming together in one team. No players who played themselves into stardom in the same team don’t qualify.

  • coyboo

    A.I is this you? just reveal yourself so that we can help you out man. i can call pat riley

  • shutup

    I don’t think you understand what the term “Trojan Horse” means, maybe you mean “Achilles’s Heel”. The Trojan Horse was utilized……..Oh, never mind. Look it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/myselfunderkarma Fredd.

    everybody was asking for a change, … now you have the time to work … at work ;)

  • http://twitter.com/natures1stgreen JaM

    Houston Rockets- Barkley, Drexler, Olajuwan; Lakers- Kobe, Shaq, Malone, Payton; Trailblazers- Rasheed, Pippen, Steve Smith, Damon Stoudamire; NY Knicks- Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave Debusschere; Lakers- Wilt, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West; Boston Celtics- Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton, Dennis Johnson okay, that’s 6

  • LakeShow

    Do I need to name more than @JaM did for ya? Cause he’s missing a few…
    Your wrong. Again.

  • LakeShow

    Just wanted to make sure you weren’t acting like Stevey and Kobe were in the same defensive category..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha i feel you. i definitely didn’t mean for it to come off how it did. that’s my bad.

  • Redd

    Yeah cause he didn’t name 6,go ahead.

  • Redd

    Larry mchale were drafted by the Celtics so wrong. Elgin Baylor Jerry also were drafted. The Portland 3 were beyond their prime. And then most of the players you named weren’t hitting 17 points or more a game like the Miami big 3 so nice try.

  • LakeShow

    “I think the league is about to become concentrated with star power in single teams.”
    That was your sentence.
    Has nothing to do with drafting or signing or trading. You were specifically speaking of certain teams having multiple stars. Which has always been the norm.

  • http://twitter.com/natures1stgreen JaM

    I definitely named 6 teams ” concentrated with star power in single teams” and then your second criteria “I mean 3 stars coming together in one team. No players who played themselves into stardom in the same team don’t qualify.”

    It’s funny how even when it’s in writing, people will find a way to wiggle out of a corner when they are wrong. Larry and McHale were there but DJ and Walton weren’t.. so that gives you two outsiders coming in, just liek the Heat, no? Rasheed was MOST certainly in his prime in Portland and Scottie and Smitty were very good players still. Also, you never said they had to be in their prime. Ever. Additionally, scoring has nothing to do with it. Roles on teams as well as overall trends in league scoring factor into how much a given person scores per game, no?

  • http://twitter.com/natures1stgreen JaM

    It’s crazy how little respect the Nets are getting. They need to prove something, but that team is STACKED. Also, the Knicks have a shot at being really good this year. I can’t say they’re on the same level as the Heat just, but we’ll see hwo the season plays out, won’t we.

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