Amar'e Stoudemire and Hakeem Olajuwon Working out in Houston
New York Knicks' power forward Amar'e Stoudemire is three days in his training with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. When the news broke that Stat would be working with The Dream, fans immediately heightened their expectations of Amar'e for next season—after all, we've seen what Olajuwon has done with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard in the past.
Olajuwon isn't just looking to improve Stoudemire's low post moves, but he's aiming to make Stat an all-around better athlete.
Last season, there were times when Amar'e just appeared to be out of shape. Things looked worse when Stoudemire became plagued with a back injury. But Stat looks to change all that for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
From the looks of it, Amar'e is exploding towards the basket and he's throwing it down with power. It appears that Stat has bettered his footwork and found some speed in his pivoting near the basket. This will be extremely beneficial when he's posting up some smaller guys.
I will say, although it's a small sample size, I'm impressed with what Amar'e has picked up thus far. It shows that the forward is dedicated to getting better and sees the benefit of adding Olajuwon's repertoire to his game.
Stoudemire already has a solid screen and roll game and his spot-up jumper is pretty, but he can't rely on that forever. That's why adding this post game will be extremely beneficial for the remainder of his career, and it might even make the Knicks more of a competitor against those powerhouses in the East.
I also expect the 17.5 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game to also increase. With a post game, he should be able to have a few more easy baskets, and he should also be a bit more aggressive grabbing offensive boards.
Sure to put a smile on all Knicks fans' faces, this is only Day 3 of 14.
November 1st can't come any sooner.
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