Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 3:55 pm  |  22 responses

Hakeem Olajuwon Thinks Dwight Howard Needs More Freedom

Lockout or not, Dwight Howard has been going hard all summer. For the second consecutive year, Howard spent last week in Houston working with Hakeem Olajuwon, continuing to build on the principles Olajuwon taught him during their three-day session last summer. The Dream gave Dwight some tips, including having more confidence and freedom in his game. Via the Orlando Sentinel: “Last week, Howard went to Olajuwon’s house every morning to work out at Olajuwon’s private court for several hours. The two big men not only worked on Howard’s post-game footwork and mid-range shooting game, they talked about Howard keeping a scorer’s mentality and ways for Howard to improve his free-throw shooting. Olajuwon feels Howard can be an even better offensive player with a little more freedom and confidence in his offensive moves. ‘He just said I want you to do them in the game, and tell your coach you got a lot of skills and he needs to let you use all your skills,’ Howard said Tuesday. Going into the week of training, Howard said he wanted to work on ‘shooting more’ and getting his free-throw percentage above 75 percent. Howard is a 59.8 percent free-throw shooter for his career, a weakness that restricts his offensive game as a whole. Howard felt the week with Olajuwon helped him – and now it’s on Howard to build on those principles. ‘For me, it’s all about confidence,’ Howard said. ‘All of the stuff that we worked on is stuff I’ve been doing my whole life.’”

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  • Big M.D.W

    Dwight should get a say

  • Big M.D.W

    Dwight should get a say in trades and stuff

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Credit to D-Wight, finding the best post player ever and learning all he can from him. This will bode well for his future. Looks like he is always trying to learn and get better, good for him.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    If the Magic get to 50+ wins with the current team (or the equivalent given we’re losing at least part of this season), he should run away with the MVP and DPOY. 25-15-3 is not far off for him.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    I think 75% is a bit high for him though.
    70 and he’ll be ok.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    If he can average 75% on free throws he might as well run away with the most improved player as well. LOL

  • slamfan4life

    C-H-I plz

  • LA Huey

    70% would be enough. Glad to see Dwight seek out my favorite center of all-time for some tips. You can put the Dream Shake in the same stratosphere as the Sky Hook when you consider unstoppable signature moves.

  • JL

    Great to want to learn and aim high. Last season he played alot better offensively. Definitely has the potential and work ethic to bring it to another level (not the dream level, but at least more proficient and skilled in the post). If he can just learn some of Shaq’s moves when he was young… but that stuff probably has to come natural.

  • robb

    “tell your coach you got a lot of skills and he needs to let you use all your skills” The Dream is dreaming. Humpty Gundy wants his team to keep shooting 3 pointers all night. BUT if he goes to LA I’m sure Mike Brown would allow him to do whatever the f*ck he wants.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    There is no reason Dwight couldn’t make 75% of his free throws. There is no reason anybody shouldn’t be able to make 75% of their free throws, with practice. As a professional basketball player it is his job to practice, learn how to do it consistently, and not allow it to become a weakness. If you or I could make 75% of our free throws, any NBA player should be better at it.

  • http://Slamonline.com Waffle

    I think Dwight won’t ever be the player he could be as long as he is in Orlando. He could easily be a 25+ ppg on another team

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Come to ATL Dwight and you can have all the freedom you want.

  • mugiwara

    now learn how to pass the ball, if i touch the ball every possession and get doubled every possession im getting at least 5 assists a game.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    co-sign dev0.

  • Goattree

    Dev0 & Teddy, I wouldn’t be surprised if you guys could make 14 out of 20 free throws in an empty gym by yourself. I would bet money that you hit less than 50per cent after sprinting for over an hour n playing in front of 20 000 screaming fans

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    ^plus I think there are alot of us better at shooting the ball than some centers.

  • Darren

    there’s a lot of freedom in D’Antoni’s offense…

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    There is a lot of touch involved with free throw… and just shooting in general. Touch is not a strong point of 7 foot, 250lb muscle bound centers. Not saying he can’t improve, but its not as easy as people make it seem. Especially after “after sprinting for over an hour n playing in front of 20 000 screaming fans” like Goattree said.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ixy8Uttq0 nbk

    I can…or used to be able to shoot a nerf ball like a basketball. (At my old crib we had a room with a hoop in it, played horse and shooting contest well the other homies played 2k or whatever) If a grown man can shoot a nerf ball with touch, then a muscle bound 7 footer can learn to shoot a basketball.

  • LP

    if Dwight shoots 75% from the line, he will average 35…no one will foul him, and he will just dunk on people….but he clearly wont make that jump