Want to See How Hakeem Olajuwon Helped Dwight Howard? | Magic Basketball

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Oct 06

Want to See How Hakeem Olajuwon Helped Dwight Howard?

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Dwight Howard spent a week in Houston to work out with Hakeem Olajuwon. This is their story.

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Sadka
Sadka

What made Hakeem "The Dream" a legend that both fans and opponents alike admired was not only just his mesmerizing moves and superb skills, but his consistent hard work, humbleness and composure that produced real results without nagging, yelling or complaining. Just look at how the guy still moves @48yrs and he ended his career being in the top 10 all-time in blocks, scoring, rebounding, and steals. I believe Howard will be just as a great if not more legendary that nobody can stop if he approaches the game with the focus and science-like methodology Hakeem does and then supplements his infectious smile and sense of humor with constant hard work, humbleness, and simply respect and joy for the game rather than the show-off many of today’s players are.

Rlp
Rlp

Dwight is still not learning how to utilize his length he shoots the ball from his chin. You see how Hakeem is fully extended on his jump hook. Hopefully he learns how to do this. If he does he will be just about unstoppable.

Coach Odhiambo
Coach Odhiambo

Great moves and scoring options. Dwight and everybody else need to understand that learning, mastering, perfecting a skill, then developing the confidence to use the skill in pressure (game) situations take at least two years if the player is dedicated. There is a lot more that goes into developing a skill than simply executing a skill in practice. The player must understand the skill and find its perfect-fit. Dwight Howard might not use the new skill this year, however, if he keeps at it long enough, you will see a complete new player next season. Check out the jab-step move with related scoring options (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6h4qE3LPAY&p=0ACFA9F8906B71F4&playnext=1&index=11). Adding a conventional one-step hook shot (skyhook) to his scoring options will make him even more effective.

Plan
Plan

Ryan :

@TM
Somebody said he traveled during the video in the YouTube. I think he might’ve once. I might try some of these moves during pick up games.  Ryan

He did travel, several times. The thing is, that stuff is selectively called in the NBA. Especially if you're a superstar and that's your "signature move," you can get away with it.

The rest of us mere mortals playing in adult leagues will never get away with it, and kids at the HS and college level don't have that luxury either.

Obviously, Hakeem is more fluid and walks the line a bit more, but Howard needs to watch his footwork.

Watch Dwight's pivot foot – not only does he change it in some of those sequences, but he takes entire hops with both feet that would immediately merit a travel call for anyone who is not an elite NBA player.

Chris X
Chris X

@Billy (slickw143)

You make a damn good and lucid point. Personally, I just wish that he would quit with the "sense of humor" type antics that he exhibits night in-out on the court...At the workplace, he needs the "scowling and talking about how he's a soldier going to war". Feel me?

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@Bagasa
It's you. Plenty of successful people much older than Dwight joke around just as much if not more. It's not immature to have a sense of humor. Is he supposed to be scowling and talking about how he's a soldier going to war when he's lounging with Hakeem in a casual setting???

meade
meade

Hakeem was one of the best low-post players in modern NBA history. He "schooled" better players than Dwight (Shaq and Ewing), it's great to see this kind of knowledge being passed on.

Ryan
Ryan

@TM
Somebody said he traveled during the video in the YouTube. I think he might've once. I might try some of these moves during pick up games.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@LR

Patrick Ewing is tasked, more so, to help Howard off the court.

@Bagasa

I didn't know it's against the law for a player in the NBA to show personality. It's hypocritical to criticize Howard for being an easy-going person, when that's what a lot of fans want from their superstars. I never understood that criticism.

@Charles

YouTube.

Charles
Charles

What's the player/engine being used to watched the video? I have come here twice now, once from my home and once from my work, and I still can't watch the video. It doesn't even show up. Please help.

imblo
imblo

@Bagasa
On the other hand, we want our stars to have some personality (like Shaq). Hakeem still looks in good shape. Dwight looked smooth in the practice footage, but so did Thabeet when he practised with Hakeem. Need to see him perform in a game at speed before proclaiming anything.

brandon
brandon

DAAAMN, Hakeem looks like he could still give an awesome 10-15 a game in the NBA. He'd just OWN Dwight...

Raptor
Raptor

This is just great, beautiful to the eye. Is Hakeem in the draft this year?

No but really, if there's anything like a great news for any Magic fan, then this is it.

Anthony
Anthony

Hakeem is definitely a master of setting up moves an coutering those moves with spins an fadaways, but the key is emphasizing that he is going to the same move that he's hit you with before and then doing something else DUH. Even when showing Dwight those moves an counter moves he emphasises his fakes just as hard as he did the acctual move he was going to, and I saw Dwight half-stepping the fakes. If this is going to work for Dwight then he will need to do the same as the master, or I should say work as good. He needs to practice as if it's a game and not neglect certain steps!!

Bagasa
Bagasa

Is it me or is Dwight Howard immature. What's this Master Splinter crap? The guy need to grow up and then maybe he can channel his talents through focus. That's whay he won't be a force until he wakes up to himself. Probably late 20's.

-A.
-A.

That was pretty wonderful. Thanks for posting it. (You guys SURE Hakeem couldn't sign with a team this year? 5-7 minutes a game?)

AP
AP

This was very interesting to watch. You can tell the difference between the players. Hakeem's moves are so smooth even at his advanced age. Dwight can copy it, but he just looks more upright when in motion. You can tell one was built for rhythm, the other for power. It will be interesting to see if Howard can add a bit of shake to his game.

Joe
Joe

Another thing I just noticed on that same move - as Hakeem starts his dribble he moves his left foot out to the left, so it really makes the defender move his feet, whereas when Dwight does it he keeps that foot as a pivot the whole time. The defender is never going to be forced to move his feet and respect that fake until he gets the habit of moving his feet and body the right way - to set up the spin and make the defender move in the other direction.

Joe
Joe

Hakeem is so smooth and his body position is so good during his moves. Look at about 5:20 into the video, right at the start of Day 3. When Hakeem jabs right and takes one dribble to the left before spinning towards the baseline, look at his shoulder position on the dribble - he's still facing the defender and showing a real threat to dribble into the key for a shot. When Howard does it, his shoulder is low and back as he dribbles, so the defender can see the spin move already coming. Ballin is right - Dwight needs to make the move look like it does when Hakeem does it. Everybody knows Howard can spin, but he doesn't set the defender up for it.

Brandan E.
Brandan E.

i hope he continues to work with Hakeem during the season. i guess people took notice when Kobe worked with Hakeem last year. Dwight desperately needed help, and went to the right person. Hakeem has all the moves and more, he is the most complete center of all-time. Now if Dwight can put it together he can be unguardable, cause there is no way the Celtics should be guarding him one on one like they did in last year's playoffs.

Please continue to work with Hakeem this season Dwight!

kd
kd

I am not sure why I am supposed to be impressed with an NBA player getting tutelage on basic footwork that you can find good coaches doing at all levels of basketball. I get that it is neat that Hakeem is helping Dwight (passing the torch and all...), but as a coach of 15 years, this stuff is no brainer.

LR
LR

It's great that Dwight hired Hakeem to help in his offensive growth. I just was wondering what was Patrick Ewing doing with Dwight the last few seasons as assistant coach of the Magic? Didn't Dwight respect Patrick's offensive tools and game knowledge?

Adam Greene
Adam Greene

Great video. I'm excited for Dwight's performance this season. Most of these moves have been something Dwight shown before, but not in a game. I can only remember 1 Dwight turnaround jumper and it was with the shot clock running down. If the only thing that Dwight takes from that workout is the level of comfort he seemed to exhibit last night, then it is a win for us Magic fans.

That being said, I couldn't understand what Hakeem was talking about a few times. I could understand the words he was saying, but the concept wasn't coming through. Good thing Dwight was there and not learning off this video. :-)

Brian
Brian

It's really frustrating to watch Dwight Howard do that clever little spin/jump-stop (at about 4:50) and then shoot the ball from his chin. You're seven feet tall, Dwight! Keep the ball high!

FR
FR

Damn, Hakeem looks like he could still play about 10 minutes a night for an NBA team. He was pretty quick on that baseline spin move.

Jayson
Jayson

Yeah that was pretty exciting. I'd definitely like to see Dwight put some of those moves to the test. If he starts exercising some of those "options" then he'll be able to keep everyone off balance. Lord knows we need it. The East is deep this year. We all know about Miami, but Chicago and Milwaukee both look like they can be scary teams come playoff time. We'll need Dwight to be the best player on the floor more often than not. i hope he's ready. Either way I'm excited about basketball being back!

TM
TM

On that baseline-counter-reverse-spin move, it appears to me that dwight picked up the dribble with his left foot as the pivot foot. Is that a correct interpretation or not?

I am just a little confused because he clearly pivots off his right right after that and his left foot lands on the ground again before going up for the shot. Watching it in slow-motion makes me want to say that it's travel...especially because he could have easily pump faked and go up-and-under if his right foot was the pivot foot.

just passing
just passing

I wanna go and chill out and work with Hakeem in his gym for a week too!

ballin
ballin

Heh, Dwight is picking it up but it's funny how even as an old man Hakeem just looks so smooth out there busting those moves, like he never stopped playing.

Dwight needs to keep practicing those until he looks like that when he executes.

Ahmong
Ahmong

I expect Dwight to AVG at least 23-24 pts a game while keeping his rebounds and block shots up. Okay maybe not but wishful thinking nonetheless

This is such a great video though, very informative not only for dwight but for the rest of the others who watched the video. I wish I was there to watch and learn in person.

Ben
Ben

Wow - it would be great if Howard developed some of Hakeem's polish to his offensive game this year. It was amazing seeing Hakeem show him those secrets like the way you can use that hop when you get in the ball in the post as another way keep the defense expecting one thing while you deliver something else entirely (like the baseline spin). Watching Hakeem is still an absolute pleasure as he has this amazing fluidity to his movement that no one else has. Thanks for sharing that video!

Aykis16
Aykis16

That was just beautiful to watch. I'm expecting an MVP type performance from Dwight this year. I think he has a chip on his shoulder from all the Heat talk this summer and how there is a new dominant team in Florida. I can't wait to see him just tear the Heat to pieces.