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Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  23 responses

Amar’e Stoudemire Ready to Incorporate Lessons from Hakeem Olajuwon


According to Amar’e Stoudemire, his summer time learning from Hakeem Olajuwon represented the first time he’s ever truly worked on and developed his postgame. STAT says he’s ready to take his game to the next level. Per the NY Post: “Having lost some of his speed and explosiveness last season, Stoudemire knew he needed to add a post game to extend his career as an All-Star caliber big man. He will turn 30 next month and has an unpredictable back. ‘I’m ready to step into a new era of my career,’ Stoudemire vowed. ‘It’s going to benefit my career and I’ll become more of a complete player, having an all-around game.’ Stoudemire averaged 17.5 points last season — his lowest total in a non-injury year since his rookie campaign. Hence, he spent three weeks at Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon’s Houston ranch after the disappointing season. Knicks coach Mike Woodson watched the tutorial. Woodson, who played with Olajuwon for three seasons in Houston, invited Olajuwon to the Knicks’ Greenburgh, N.Y., practice facility in September for two weeks of more teachings. Stoudemire is a quick study and can recount Olajuwon’s dance steps as if reciting the periodic table. Asked if he knows the ‘Dream Shake,’ Stoudemire said: ‘As Hakeem will tell you, there’s more than one move that consists of the Shake. To be honest with you, there’s about four or five moves. The shake is the fifth move to that because there’s so many counters. The Shake comes on the fourth or fifth move.’ Stoudemire didn’t know a single move before the summer. He blames it on being attached to former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s speedball game. ‘I’m a player who adapted to the system I played in,’ Stoudemire said. ‘I’ve been under D’Antoni for seven, eight years. Post-up wasn’t a factor for us. We were such a high-octane, up-tempo team where speed and quickness was to our advantage. I’m now allowed to develop a post game where my speed and quickness will still be used to my advantage but add a lot of [post] skill.’”

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  • Phil

    He’s allowed now huh. It was D’Antoni’s fault. I’m TIRED of ALL the EXCUSES! Man up punk! Three Weeks are gonna change 10 yrs? There’s a word for people that play the constant victim, bitch! Nothing can fix stupid!

  • spit hot fiyah

    good, that was the point of the workouts

  • Hooper22
  • whooo!

    And STILL no effort to learn defense from one of the greatest 2-way players ever

  • whooo!

    And STILL no effort to learn defense from one of the greatest 2-way players ever

  • Redd

    Don’t believe it til I see it. He’s no longer at his prime and I think it’s too late for him to be able to. LeBron was and is getting better thus he was able to improve.

  • Redd

    Don’t believe it til I see it. He’s no longer at his prime and I think it’s too late for him to be able to. LeBron was and is getting better thus he was able to improve.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Did he teach you how to win??? Teach you how to guard anyone??? Because you still haven’t figured that out either!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Did he teach you how to win??? Teach you how to guard anyone??? Because you still haven’t figured that out either!

  • Max

    lol

  • Max

    lol

  • hoodsnake

    He actually needs the ball to perform those moves right? You hear that Melo?

  • danpowers

    actually melo chandler and olajuwon met to work on their defense and offense shortly after stats post game workout.

  • danpowers

    he never said it was anyone fault. just that he played in a system that didnt feature post up play which is actually true if you just saw one single suns game during that time. bitch please

  • O

    Crossing my fingers that Stat learned how to execute a decent fadeaway and how to defend his man better…

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    C’mon Stat… Play with some heart again

  • Phil

    He did blame d’antoni in the article which made him an allstar. He’s a lazy, low basketball IQ, ten yrs in the league still can’t play defense or rebound, is 30 yrs old and never learned how to play basketball. Excuses, excuses, excuses!

  • danpowers

    the author implys he blamed antoni for it. actually he just stated the obvious:

    “‘I’m a player who adapted to the system I played in,’
    Stoudemire said. ‘I’ve been under D’Antoni for seven, eight years.
    Post-up wasn’t a factor for us. We were such a high-octane, up-tempo
    team where speed and quickness was to our advantage.” there was no post play in phoenix.”

    what do you think, that he didnt work on anything during the summers? smh. that whole statement is just about post play. there is no word about defense, rebounding or basketball iq.
    lames ducks / lazy players dont make all star teams multiple times. kids, learn how to read before you post, please.

  • danpowers

    cant blaim him for having no heart. i saw every single game from 2010/2011 till now and you can tell be the way he moved that many injuries held him back almost the whole season. i could also understand that he was a little jaded when his brother died. but him having no heart? just ask the fire extinguisher how much boiling blood he has lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    He def had heart when he punched that fire thingy. He’s too good to be where he was last year. I’m pulling for stat!

  • danpowers

    me too, i think it all just depends on his health.

  • danpowers

    bitch please

  • pposse

    amare has the biggest man crush on Hakeem..every time i see Amare’s name on slam its accompanied with the Dream. He will probably nickname his version of the dream shake ‘the harleme dream shake’ and then twist his own ankle fall on the ground then punch the ground like an idiot

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