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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  47 responses

Kevin Durant Willing to Train With Hakeem Olajuwon


The Dream may soon have another superstar NBA client for his famed low-post training sessions. While in Spain on Nike business, Kevin Durant was asked about Hakeem Olajuwon’s belief that he could benefit from some tutelage on the block, and KD said that he’s willing to learn from the best. Per Fernando Martín: “At a press conference held in the only House of Hoops store in Spain, I asked ‘Durantula’ about Hakeem Olajuwon’s wish to help him improve his post game, as said in an interview with NiceKicks.com. This was his answer. ‘I don’t know. At this point there’s only one Hakeem Olajuwon. I don’t know how much he can really help me but of course I watched him as a kid and I watch films of him now. I just try to take some stuff out of his game and put it to mine’s, but it’s so hard to try to be like Hakeem Olajuwon. But I’m up for anything. I’m looking forward to learning from anybody, so… We’ll see.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe his marketing pitch worked

  • i_ball

    Good thing KD got that contract extension, he will need the money if he wants to learn the dream shake.

  • ctk

    Wrong Thunder play going if he do it …calling u Ibaka

  • ctk

    Player

  • Dfrance

    Am I the only one that feels like everyone doesn’t need to develop a post game. Durant is a string bean, who is he posting up? I can see him posting up a shorter guard just to shoot over them, but he does not need to learn post moves from the Dream.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it won’t hurt though right. and even if he is and always will be a string bean doesn’t mean that he can’t get strong.

  • Dfrance

    Of course it wouldn’t hurt, it wouldn’t hurt for him to learn the sky hook either. I’m just questioning whether its practical. He can put that training time into improving other aspects of his game.

    He can get stronger, but to post up on the block you gotta be able to put some weight on people.

  • spit hot fiyah

    isn’t his post up game his biggest offensive weakness though. other than that he is very complete. doesn’t mean that he has to take courses with Hakeem, but that is the first part of his game that comes to mind when talking about were he can improve. (a kareem sky hook would be awesome btw :) )

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if the “turn KD into a PF in the next few years” plan is real. I understand him learning post moves. I don’t however understand why he needs to learn from Hakeem. It would serve him a lot better to seek out Dirk, or any other player who specialized in using the high post.

  • Dfrance

    When I hear post game I think low block. And whenever they talk about someone improving their post game, they talk Hakeem. I agree with you that he should learn from someone else with a game more suited for his skillset, like a Dirk like NBK said. Learn that foul line extended post game.

  • Dfrance

    Whose dumb azz plan is that? lol.

    I agree with the high post point.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hold on, why you think it’s dumb?

    .

    he’s 6’11″ – 7’6″ wingspan.

    and power forward is not like it used to be. Durant is essentially a young Kevin Garnett physically.

    Just for an example, Durant played 16% of his minutes at Power Foward last season
    . – Kevin Durant’s PER at Power Forward last season (per 82games) was 33.5
    . – Kevin Durant’s opponent PER at Power Forard last season was 13.4
    — The difference (21.4) is 6 points higher than just an average player. And that’s the gap between him and his opponents.

    anyway, Scott Brooks has been hinting at moving KD over to Power Forward more for the last 2 years now, http://newsok.com/thunder-notebook-kevin-durant-to-play-power-forward/article/3632050

    .

  • Dfrance

    I was dreading this reply. lol.

    Look, I just think it’s dumb, and I don’t have any numbers whatsoever to back it up.

    And how do you come back with these numbers so damn quick?

  • COYNE

    Kevin Garnett is a ‘string bean’ and he has done ok at the 4 spot…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL! — idk? i type really fast and usually know exactly what i’m looking for. other than that idk.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t know if it is or isn’t dumb honestly. he clearly hasn’t played enough minutes at the position to prove anything. i just wanted to show why i think it will work.
    .
    but if this were 1980-2004 i wouldn’t even think that it would even be worth attempting.

  • Joe Kuykendall

    You’ve got it wrong bro. Posting up Hakeem style DOES NOT consist of power moves or being able to move (overpower) your opponent. Hakeem was never the biggest guy in the world. Hakeem’s posts were centered more around finess, ball fakes and fade-aways. You’re thinking more of a Shaq-style post up and that’s not what he wants to teach KD. Hakeem sees that Durant has the same physique and good footwork… it’s always good to have an all around game as a player too.

  • LakeShow

    100% agree.

    The L is catered to guards right now. So if you have essentially 4 guards on the court… that’s a good thing. (So long as the 4 guy can still defend the post reasonably)

  • 23

    I think ibaka is hopeless when it comes to post skills. But I think he has shown that he can possibly become a reliable open jumpshooter. He should look to work on strengthening that, as far as offense.

  • robb

    funny how PFs don’t have to be necessarily “powerful” these days. I could see KD becoming a PF without a problem.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would wager that the league makes a shift to “4 out, 1 in” as the norm. Lineups will be PG-SG-F-F-C by 2020 is my guess. That’s how big the shift will be.

  • Dfrance

    Posting up Hakeem style DOES consist of getting position on the low block tho and that’s gonna be hard for KD to do with his frame IMO. Hakeem didn’t make power moves like Shaq, but he wasn’t slight like KD either. As others have said and I agree, KD would be better served learning to “post” on the wing, or foul line extended a la Dirk.

  • LakeShow

    Absolutely.

    It will be interesting to see if any teams can(/want to) pull off the twin towers again in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i doubt it happens anytime soon. The next great C to come in (Jalil Okafor) is the most skilled high school big guy i’ve ever seen on offense. 4 out 1 in with him will be a total game changer if he keeps developing. The league is in for another revolution. (the skilled big man revolution)….almost like Europe as been for the last 20 or so years….except our big men are also athletic.

  • LakeShow

    Yup, yup, yup.

    You’re right on the money.

    Better, bigger, faster, stronger, Euro-ball haha.

  • Joe Kuykendall

    I hear ya, but still I think KD is stronger than you think lol. Hell if I were KD I’d learn to play from ALL parts of the floor in case it’s hard to establish position where you like the ball. Here’s an old vid of Hakeem about the same amount of years in as KD right now…they’re bout same size.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWekj2wcXes

  • Joe Kuykendall

    He should def study all and pick the best things that conform to his style of play (KD).

  • Junior Taylor

    One would think that The Dream is the only person in the world capable of teaching NBA players post moves. I know about 4-5 HOFs that were equally effect in the post (Duncan, McHale, Dantley, Barkley, just to name a few). I’m sure those guys are more than willing to help their fellow NBA brethren.

  • playa

    Funny thing is that with all due respect Hakeem is teaching them fundamental skills,like super basic mostly,maybe they hope to catch his habbits,but in my opinion you can’t teach balance&real feel for the game.

  • Joe Kuykendall

    Duncan is still playing so maybe a contract restriction in there…McHale coaches the Rockets…Dantley (exactly) Who?…Barkley is too busy with TNT and playing golf—plus he’s lazy, really? Anyone else? Ewing? He’s an assistant coach, plus he played soft. Kareem? This ain’t your grandpas’s skyhook…

  • Darrius

    Ever heard of Kareem Abdul Jabbar you freaking idiot.

  • Rob Shepheard

    Having read a few of the previous comments, I agree & disagree with the comments made. Yes, KD is not as big as Hakeem, nor is he as strong. However, I remember when Hakeem entered the NBA. He wasn’t as bulky or as strong as he was when Houston won 2 titles. I know KD’s game is 2nd to only LeBron James’, but he could truly benefit from working with Hakeem. He gets stronger every year and would be even more dominant if he could work from the post too. With what he does from mid-long range, a decent post game would help raise the games of Westbrook and I-block-a, as well as make it easier for Lamb or whomever takes Kevin Martin’s minutes to contribute and not be as much of a liability. No, KD doesn’t NEED a post game, but if he had one (taught from Hakeem of all people) it would help OKC everywhere else.

  • Kayos

    I get your 4 out 1 in post, but how is that lineup any different than the way it is now?

    Unless I’m mistaken, lineups are already PG-SG-F-F-C.

  • PsyberKayos

    It’s only $100,000 for 2 weeks iirc.

    For KD that’s a drop in a bucket. Even without that extension I’m sure he coulda paid.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Sort of? I mean teams run those sets…but PF’s are still for the most part, distinguishable from Small Forwards. But like I said, the trend is going the other way far as I can tell

  • JL

    So with him at PF it’s like playing 6 on 5!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Thinking about it, the league will probably have a few teams go G-G-G-F-F as the heaviest use lineups with the advantages speed provide over size. That may happen real soon.

  • LakeShow

    I could see this year GSW having a line up consisting of: Curry/Klay/Andre/Barnes/Lee pretty often.

    Or the Wolves going with: Rubio/JJ/Martin/Williams/Love

    Clippers: Paul/Collison/Redick(Crawford)/Dudley/Griffin

    Portland: Lillard/Williams/Matthews/Wright/LA

    I mean that’s allot of fire power. And not allot of teams with talented enough front court players to compete with that quickness and shooting and then punish them down low.

    I think you’re absolutely right and we’ll see that switch more and more over the next few seasons.

    I dig.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you going to do your own top 50 this year? i am in the process of finishing mine up

  • LakeShow

    That’s a good call.

    I think I might whip that up!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    holler at your boy

  • LakeShow

    Out of curiosity what are you doing with question mark players like Rondo, Derrick Rose, Kobe, Kevin Love and such?

    Going off where they should be if 90+%?
    Or where they may end up being if things don’t pan out as expected?

    I’m going to put them where they should be if they are healthy I think.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m downgrading them for games presumably missed. And I’m treating each injury differently. Kobe’s achilles hurts him more than Derrick Rose’s knee, for example. But I’m not set on anything yet.

  • LakeShow

    It’s up. Put it on the newest post’s…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    here is a link to mine. it’s not done yet. still editing. http://scribbless.com/lists/list/169446

  • ant

    Hmmm

  • ant

    I remember when lebron went to hakeem and he was criticized by a certain someone

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