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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  66 responses

Dwight Howard Working Out With Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin McHale


The Houston Rockets hired Hakeem Olajuwon immediately after the acquisition of center Dwight Howard through free agency. The two big men have begun their work on the block, with head coach Kevin McHale providing input. Per the Houston Chronicle: “Former Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon was hired by the team to mentor Howard shortly after the free agent signing. After some hijinks in Aspen, Colo., Howard has returned and is getting to work with the Hall of Famer. Jason Friedman of Rockets.com posted several pictures of Howard, coach Kevin McHale and Olajuwon during a workout Monday at Toyota Center.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    hold on! a player is working out with his coach and guy that is hired by the team?!?!

    can we start the top 50 please

  • berkamore

    In a way, I feel for Dwight. His reputation is in shambles and we are actually going to know what he’s made of.

    The narrative about Howard was:”Well, he’s athletic but needs to develop and he’ll be a monster”. Now, he has two of the best low post players EVER mentoring him (I won’t be a d…. and mention that he also had access to Kareem when he was with the Lakers).

    So if he fails, the narrative might well be:”Oh, Dwight was just a glorified role player (and maybe Bryant was right all along) and was never meant to be a superstar.” The guy HAS to succeed to salvage what’s left of his reputation……..

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    That should never be the narrative. A glorified role player will never be something that rightly describes Dwight. What he did in Orlando should result in him having his jersey retired at some point if that organization has any good sense at all. Tobias Harris shouldn’t be wearing that no.12. Whoever thinks or says that he is just a glorified role player must have missed out on Magic games from 2004-2012.

    Kobe Bryant’s opinion on Dwight shouldn’t matter all that much. This is a guy who told Howard that he could be his Tyson Chandler. Just rebound, defend the rim and score in the rare chance that I pass you the ball. What happened in LA was an aberration. He wanted no part in being Kobe’s whipping boy whenever things went wrong. He also wanted no part in playing 3rd and sometimes 4th fiddle in LA. What happened in Orlando means much more. And we can’t forget that he put up 17 and 12 with a bad back. Role players don’t do that.

  • Basketball Coach

    whoa, the Rockets are really molding DH12 to prove his haters wrong. hmmm, i wonder what would happen if he fails this coming season.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • north

    The two guys with the greatest post repertoires in the history of the game, that could be insane. Let’s hope that It’s Hakeem’s heart that rubs off on Dwight and not McHale’s.

  • Huey Datizz

    Well said homey!!…all facts on this post!…whether people like him or not, they just gotta be real with the facts…I appreciate people like u that keep it real.

  • bike

    McHale has discovered that Dwight picks up low post moves much better when, after he does something well, he tosses Dwight butterscotch treats and says ‘good boy, gooooood boy’ over and over again.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Well that all depends. What would be considered a failure?

  • j

    dwight pavlov howard

  • Basketball Coach

    not delivering what is expected from him

  • Caboose

    Are you a politician?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I’m asking you specifically what would be not delivering? You talking WCF?

  • robb

    Howard can’t improve his offensive game, he’s already peaked, no matter how much he trains with the Dream and McHale, dude can’t learn no more. Physically he definitely can improve this year, but as far as skills go, he won’t get much better.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Nice reference.

  • LakeShow

    I think he’ll have a nice year. 20-12-3 54%

    He’s happy……..
    …….for now … Dun dun dun!

  • Evan Boland

    Dwight has already tried this before. He’s too incompetent to learn post moves.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Stupidity. Who are you or anyone else to say that he can’t/won’t improve?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Realistically to me, them not getting to the 2nd round would be a major disappointment. And him not improving offensively or at least going back to how he was in Orlando would also be a disappointment.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    My thoughts exactly. Anything less than a 2nd round appearance and dwindled stat lines is a unacceptable.

  • robb

    I have eyes, Dwight’s skills haven’t improved all that much in 8 years, he’s not gonna start now.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Incompetent isn’t a word you use for a player who’s accomplished the things he has in the league. Find another word to use.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    So he’s the same player he was when he got drafted? Yeah, not sure about you having eyes if that’s what you believe.

  • Max

    Then use your eyes.

  • Max

    A glorified role player that led his team to the finals?

  • Evan Boland

    Extreme Athleticism + Incompetence + Cowardice + Childishness = Dwight Howard

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Yeah…no. If people paid attention, and apparently you’re not, he just made a pretty big grown man move leaving LA and going to Houston. He’s now doing what he wants to do. He doesn’t care about what people think or what people want him to do. He’s at his best now as far as making decisions goes. The last time he did anything that deserved any kind of criticism whatsoever was when he signed on to stay in Orlando. But we now know why he did that. So really, there’s nothing neither you nor anyone else can point to that would show him to be a coward.

    So if anything: Athleticism + Defensive Dominance + Disregard for other people’s thoughts + Physical Fitness = Dwight Howard

  • berkamore

    Anchor the D, rebound and feed the ball to the shooters is what? An MVP?

    D12 had an excellent coach in Van Gundy who knew how to use him (and Howard managed to get him fired, great call BTW). If anything, SVG is not getting any/enough credit for that Finals appearance.

    Let’s see if Dwight is able to make it back to the Finals……for the rest of his career. And maybe SVG will finally get some love.

  • Max

    Well, he almost was the MVP of the league the year DRose won so yeah I guess so.
    ANd you’re underestimating the impact Dwight has on offense just by being on the floor.

  • berkamore

    Oh yeah and Howard missed some crucial free throws in game 4 of the Finals. He makes those and the series is tied 2-2 AND the Magic is playing game 5 at home.

    A superstar makes those free throws, period. See Kareem Abdul Jabbar in game 6 of the ’88 Finals with two free throws and the Lakers down by 1 and down 3-2 to the Pistons. Makes both and sends to series to the 7th and last game. That’s clutch.

  • Max

    So a bad ft shooter missing clutch ft’s makes him a role player.

  • berkamore

    So it’s no big deal for a superstar/franchise player to miss clutch free throws.

  • berkamore

    Impact on offense? Please elaborate.

  • Max

    Ofcourse it is, but to call him a glorified role player is just stupid.

  • berkamore

    Stupid because I don’t agree with you? That’s your argument?

  • Max

    No, these are not stats and accolades a glorified role player would get.
    That’s a superstar.
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/howardw01.html

  • berkamore

    Whatever, man. ROFL. Let’s see if he can get back to the Finals. (That’s my yardstick, I found that no real NBA star fails to at least get his team to the Finals). I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict that he won’t.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    when In Houston…

  • robb

    I said he hasn’t improved much, I never said he was the same player. He had one post move back then, now he has two. How impressive.

  • Ugh

    How about “dumb?” “Stubborn?” “Self-centred?” “Oblivious?”

  • Ugh

    Hilarious you seem to think that moving across the country is a “grown man move”. 18yo college students and 16yo Defence volunteers do it all the time, so guess they’re “grown men” too, but if they do that at ten years younger than Dwight does, that undermines how much of a ‘grown man’ he has to be, right?

    Regardless, it’s a completely non-sequitur statement. Howard made a “big grown man move” by making a decision on where to work – therefore he’s not incompetent at learning post moves.

    You make no sense whatsoever.

  • Ugh

    By your rationale, berkamore, Karl Malone was a glorified role player. Are you sure about that?

  • berkamore

    Malone went to the Finals…………..twice.

  • Ugh

    Let’s see, anchoring the D, rebounding and feeding the ball to shooters could get you an MVP if you’re Bill Russell in ’58, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’65. Or Wes Unseld in ’69. Or Dave Cowens in ’73. Or Moses Malone in ’79, ’82 and ’83.

  • Ugh

    Hell, you could even say that Wilt’s ’68 MVP came by him shooting less, passing more and rebounding and playing defence as the top priority – he lead the league in boards and assists.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Yeah because my entire argument was based on just relocation lol. Hilarious. It was about him leaving one of the two greatest franchises in the history of the NBA and playing for a team that he wanted to play for…not a team that people wanted him to play for. After he was known for making decisions just to make the people around him happy. Either you understand that or you don’t. You not understanding it is on you, not me. Which means that you’re the one who lacks common sense, not me.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    So tell me, what have you done to such a level where you’re thought of as being one of the best at what you do in an environment where it’s the best of the best? How many awards have you received for being the best at what you do? Because someone who calls an elite level athlete who has received 4 major individual awards along with leading his team to the point where they were playing for the greatest team award in the sport has to be on a pretty superior level. Otherwise, they (meaning you) just sound extremely stupid. Dwight Howard has 3 Defensive Player of the Year Awards, 7 All-Star team selections, 5 All-NBA First Team selections, and he’s led the league in rebounding 5 times. So, where are your credentials that put you in such a place where you can call one of the top 10 players in the NBA dumb?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Okay…so let’s say he just has two post moves…they’ve gotten him to within a few games of winning a championship. So let’s not act like he’s ever going to be the reason why his team loses because of his lack of post moves. He’s going to be the biggest reason why his team wins which he has been since he’s been in the league.

  • berkamore

    All those guys have two things in common: they played at least 30 years ago and they were at some point NBA champions.

    Besides, if you look at the numbers, there were 28 MVPs between 1956 and 1983 (when all the guys in your analysis won) and only…………..THREE went to perimeter players: Dr J, Oscar Robertson and Bob Cousy.

    Between 1984 and 2013, 30 MVP were awarded and perimeter players went home with the award 21 times.

    I am guessing it was easier to get MVP awards for big men back in the day. Now, it probably requires more skill.

  • robb

    Him? what about the rest of the Orlando Magic? don’t talk as if Howard took that team to the finals by himself. He was the main reason, I can’t dispute that, but what you’re saying sounds like that Dwight speech where he said how he played with “a bunch of players that nobody wanted” and took them to the finals all by himself.

    Second. I never said he and his lack of post moves will be the main reason why his team loses. Who said that? I didn’t. All this started because I said his offensive skills won’t improve at this point, you don’t agree and I respect that, but nobody said it’s the main reason why his team loses. Does it make his game predictable? yes, does it make it easier for teams to come up with strategies to stop him? for sure, specially if he’s not 100% physically, but that’s all.

    If his team doesn’t deliver it will have to do more with him being too demanding, with his lack of leadership, his immaturity and his incapability of accepting criticism and, if locker room problems develop, those will probably be caused by his two face nature. It doesn’t matter how nice a guy he portrays himself to be, the truth is he’s a fake. The kind of guy who pretends to laugh with you but starts talking behind your back the moment you turn around. THAT could be a real problem.

  • playa

    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks,that simple.

  • Mike From Spain
  • Mike From Spain

    Dwight Howard is a bit like Shaq… players with glaring flaws that manage to be dominant anyway, and with a bit of a clown personality. That’s what makes them unnerving, this mix of gaping holes in their game, and the obnoxiousness of parts of their public personnas. But this should not be enough to belittle their accomplishments on the court. Well, Shaq has more of these, but Dwight is no slouch out there.

  • Max

    He sets good screens, you always need to have a body on him, he gets you 20 points a game, gets the other bigs in foul trouble, the defense sags in which opens up the shooters,…….

  • Lloyd

    People let their hate/annoyance of Dwight skew their view so it’s refreshing to see someone speak truth about the man. Regardless though, if he were to retire today, the thing he’d be remembered by would be the Dwightmare more than anything. He HAS to do better and he HAS to take Houston to the next level to get away from that. We’re either going to see beast mode Dwight this year or see him crumble under the pressure and be exposed.

  • Lloyd

    Dwight did get to the Finals. Him “getting back” is irrelevant if your yardstick is based on just getting there.

  • berkamore

    Despite his flaws, Dwight certainly was in the upper echelons of the League in his Orlando days (not good enough to win though). But you gotta understand, he’s not that player anymore. Simmons on Grantland breaks down quite nicely why.

    That’s why I’m saying he’s not going back to the Finals. Them days are ova. Just save this thread and feel free to call me a fool if I happen to be wrong. LOL.

  • Ugh

    “So it’s no big deal for a superstar/franchise player to miss clutch free throws.”
    And did you watch those Finals? ‘Cause that statement is really pertinent to Karl Malone being a “superstar” by your definition.

  • Ugh

    So what you’re saying is that big men are role players in today’s league, and MVPs are on the wing – unless you’re truly exceptional.
    But the ordinary players never win MVP anyway.

    So what the hell is the point of anything you’ve said?

  • Ugh

    Again, making grown man decisions has nothing to do with learning post moves.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    If he retired right now, I’d remember him going to the Finals more than anything else. The three point shots that the Magic hit because of the attention Dwight received. It depends on the person. Some people would remember the Dwightmare. As someone who just loves ball and loves to watch great players play, I’d remember what he did on the court more than anything he did off it.

  • berkamore

    You are right. Answering you is absolutely pointless (because you don’t seem to even understand a very simple post). Thanks for setting me straight.

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  • Lloyd

    You see the best in people then. Kudos to your innocence and positive outlook.

    I, along with the majority of people, see that Dwight’s Finals run is a distant memory and this past season as well as the Dwightmare before it has left a sour taste in my mouth in regards to him.

    Don’t get me wrong, leaving L.A. and going to Houston makes me like him more because he did the right thing against what everyone wanted him to, but unless he does something in Houston, this season will just be a prolonged black mark on his career because it would be a continuation of the failed experiment with the Lakers. I really do want him to get back to where he was though. When it’s all said and done, I actually do think he’s one of the more likeable superstars.

  • Lloyd

    I read that article. He assumed way too much. His whole argument was based on his belief that Dwight was going to stay hurt and that he was going to mentally be in the same situation that he was in in L.A.

    Dwight is built strong and not injury prone. He was always an athletic anomoly too. He has a strong chance of getting healthy again.

    Mentally, he just didn’t seem to care in L.A. The Lakers’ actions and words off the court indicated that they wanted Howard to be the man moving forward, what Howard wanted. However, all signs on the court pointed to this being Kobe’s team until he’s ready to pass over the helm. This wouldn’t be as big a problem if Kobe were easier to play with, but he’s not…he’s Kobe. Dwight clocked out as soon as he realized that he wasn’t going to be the man (all arguments of if he’s capable of being the man or not aside). That on top of the huge pressure to have redemption after the Dwightmare and live up to the the expectations of being the “franchise player” when he wasn’t given the shot to be until Kobe went down just bogged him down mentally. He was never going to succeed in L.A.

    He’s going to go into this season with a bright new outlook. By all indications, Houston is going to cater to Dwight and his well being. They’re a young exciting team that’s more like his Orlando team (but better) than the Lakers ever were, a formula we saw worked incredibly for him. If McHale and Dream can enhance his offensive game even a little bit, and if he can get over his injury completely to be the superior physical speciman he’s capable of being, he’s going to be dominant on both ends of the court.

  • IG:HANDSOM_HAROLD

    Future hofer, 3 time defensive player of the year..

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