Hakeem Olajuwon terrorized NBA opponents for 18 years with his patented “Dream Shake,” but it seems that NBA defenders didn’t see the last of Olajuwon’s series of low post fakes and counter-moves when he retired from the league after the 2002 season.
Although Olajuwon is no longer playing in the league, he has made himself available to players who want to improve their post play. New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire is the latest in a long line of super stars who have sought to boost their post scoring by training with Olajuwon.
Last summer it was LeBron James. Before that it was Dwight Howard and before that, Kobe Bryant paid Olajuwon a visit.
While it’s hard to expect a player who only trains with Olajuwon for a month or two to execute Olajuwon’s Dream Shake as smoothly as he did during his heyday, players who work with him do seem to show improvement in their games.
This is especially true for James who seemed to take over games while operating in the low post during his championship run with the Miami Heat last season. With results like that, it’s no wonder Olajuwon has been able to keep the Dream alive.
Roosevelt Hall is a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He is also an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He can be contacted at Sportmentalist@Yahoo.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.