Hakeem Olajuwon Asks LeBron James Critics to ‘Shut Up’

by June 22, 2012

Hakeem Olajuwon famously became LeBron James’ tutor in the post, and has become an unabashed LBJ fan throughout the process. The Dream had a message for the haters after The King won his first NBA title last night, per Fox Sports: “Now, all the critics can shut up,’ Olajuwon said. Olajuwon calls James his ‘little brother.’ The legendary center worked out with James last summer at his ranch outside Houston, showing him post moves. Olajuwon lives half the year in Amman, Jordan. That’s where he was for Game 5, watching on television when it started at 4 a.m. local time Friday. ‘I’m just so happy for him,’ Olajuwon said. ‘It’s so well deserved. It’s so special. I feel so proud to have contributed to his career.’ James won his third MVP award during the regular season. Now that he has added one championship, Olajuwon believes there will be more. ‘He’s an iconic superstar, and he’s becoming a legend,’ said Olajuwon, who won titles with Houston in 1994 and 1995 and both times was Finals MVP. ‘He will only get better. I think he will win many more championships.’ Olajuwon said he plans to call James ‘as soon as possible’ to congratulate him. He talked to James three times early in the playoffs when Olajuwon was in Texas before he returned to Jordan. ‘I just tried to tell him to rely on some of the things we had gone over,’ Olajuwon said. ‘There were so many times when it looked like they might not get out of a series, but he had that determination and confidence level to overcome that.'”