Hakeem Olajuwon to Work Out With Carmelo, Amar’e, Camby and Chandler

by September 14, 2012

Hakeem Olajuwon is expected to put in some work with the New York Knicks’ forwards next week. According to The Dream, the Knicks’ superstar tandem of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can and can and should work. From ESPN: “Olajuwon, who will fly from his home in Texas, said he expects to work out with Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby. Olajuwon worked out with Stoudemire earlier this summer, training the Knicks center for two-and-a-half weeks in the gymnasium on his 400-acre ranch outside of Houston. Olajuwon, who was able to excel alongside superstar teammates Ralph Sampson and Clyde Drexler, said there’s no reason Stoudemire and Anthony can’t have similar success playing next to one another. ‘They both have to realize that the most important thing is not how great you are individually,’ Olajuwon said. ‘You’re remembered for how many games you win. So to get to play with another great offensive player should help you. It should make your job easier. You have to work well together. You can’t be competitors with one another.’ While Olajuwon has taught Stoudemire back-to-the-basket post moves, he said the Knicks’ game plan should not be simply to post up Stoudemire while Anthony dominates the perimeter. ‘It shouldn’t be Amare just staying in the post because he can be a scorer in the paint and outside,’ Olajuwon said. ‘It’s the same thing for Carmelo. He can score in the post and outside. So if Carmelo is in the post, Amare can be at the foul line and he can make that shot. If Amare’s in the post, Carmelo can make the shot from the free-throw line, too. They shouldn’t be competing against each other; they should be complementing each other. They need each other to win.’ But Olajuwon doesn’t think the Knicks need to be a two-man show offensively. He sees great offensive potential in Chandler, who averaged 11 points per game for the Knicks last season, three above his career average.”