Knicks Tap The Dream As Tutor

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — If there’s going to be a big man renaissance in New York this season, it will come with a huge assist from one of the all-time great big men in the history of the game.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson, a former teammate of Hakeem Olajuwon‘s, approached the two-time NBA champ about tutoring members of his frontcourt rotation as preparation for the 2012-13 season.

Amar’e Stoudemire, who worked with Olajuwon earlier this summer (above), Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby will all get a chance to learn from a master. Olajuwon normally tutors big men, but he’s also going to work with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, according to Chris Broussard of

Having Olajuwon school his guys on post moves and the art of winning at the highest level is a masterstroke by Woodson, who knows that the key for the Knicks this season will be finding the right fit between his biggest stars. It’s an understanding that Olajuwon already seems locked in on as well, per the report from Broussard:

“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 Amar’e 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, Amar’e 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.

“You can see that he has great timing by the way he rebounds, blocks shots and catches lobs,” he said. “He’s got great timing and reflexes. I haven’t seen him use any moves of his own, though. But there’s no way a guy with that kind of talent and timing should not have effective moves. So I want to teach him some moves so he can use all of that talent. If you add some moves to all the talent and energy he’s got, it will open up a whole new door for him. That’s what he should be looking to add to go to the next level.”

The “next level” is where the Knicks have set their sights this season.

And their frontline of Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler is what will lead them there. If they plan on joining the Heat, Celtics and Pacers in the top-tier in the Eastern Conference, it will have to be powered by this All-Star/gold medal trio (Linsanity took the train to Houston).

With Dwight Howard in Los Angeles with the Lakers now and Andrew Bynum adjusting to his new surroundings in Philadelphia, Chandler, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has a chance to move to the front of the line in the East. That leaves Anthony and Stoudemire to find a way to co-exist while sharing some of the same sweet spots, particularly on the offensive end.

If they get it right, the Knicks should be a serious factor this season. Heat power forward(center?) Chris Bosh knows it, telling’s Justin Verrier:

“I just wanna say — the freakin’ Knicks, man. I think they’re going to be a good team,” Bosh said. “Nobody’s really talking about them, and I don’t like it. They’re flying under the radar right now. I think the Knicks are gonna be a very good team.”

With a little help from the Dream, Bosh’s words could wind up being prophetic this season.


  1. Rich says:

    Knicks – Mavs FINALS !

  2. dice8up says:

    Talent wins you games… by this argument, I beleive the Knicks is going to win more games this season, perhaps a #4 or even higher. Bosh was absolutely right and have very valid reason to fear them.

  3. BBallFan4Life says:

    The Thunder were in the finals just a few months ago and it seems everybody is trying to forget that. Like they don’t have talent of their own. Durant, Westbrook and Harden were at the Olympic games people. Just one more step to understanding what they can do as individuals and as teammates. The Heat have their big three no doubt, but I see people stepping up to dethrone them ASAP…It may not be the East that does it…but I think it is in the works. I would like to see the Knicks or Pacers drag Miami through 7 games in the East Finals and then we can see how well they handle the young legs in OKC. I think the Lakers are working with a deck of old and soon to be older cards friends. Nash is an all time favorite of mine…and he can be productive…but with that amount of talent just hope Dwight can handle not being the centerpiece every second of every day…he might have to share attention to. Oh s**t!

  4. El Drake Shell says:

    This is our year! Melo MVP! Biggest upset in decades. Let’s go KNICKS!!!

  5. gayemadior says:

    Olajuwon can still play in the league at his age. He si fit like a rookie. PHENOMENAL !!!!

  6. jacknohara says:

    Bosh says no one is taling about the knicks ?? when that ever happened ? they talk about the knicks all the time, every offseason is the same thing ” the knicks are going to improve this year, bla bla bla” … mark my words, we´re going to have just more of the same old knick misery .

  7. J says:

    It’s not complicated the knicks need to find a way to find good chemistry and learn how to play togethor not individually then the sky is the limit for them…..please think about who the knicks have (Ronnie Brewer, Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton, Jr. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, STAT, Steve Novak) That’s not Even the full roster…this team has amazing talent probably one of the best in the league and we all know it…and half of these guys have experience playing togethor, once they find a way for them all to mesh and be comfortable playing a role the sky is the limit….full offseason togethor, full training camp, all playing togethor at start of season and all of them on that team are focused and ready for a title for the first time in their careers….please be ready for knicks cuz they gone suprise everyone even the fans as well as themselves….you heard it here first….pay attention this season haters!!

  8. J says:

    All you dummy who still doubt the Knicks I want to see where you goofys will be saying when they 2nd seed
    1. Heat
    2. Knicks
    3. Boston
    4.5.6 Nets/Bulls/ Sixers Not In Any Order
    7. Atlanta
    8. Bucks

    • dattebayo says:

      You are a dummy if you think the Pacers won’t make the playoffs, which just tells the story on what you know about the NBA.

    • QuestionMark says:

      Lol Nets at best will be 6th seed I believe, plus Pacers will either be 5th or 4th.

      1. Heat
      2. Celtics
      3, Knicks
      4. Bulls
      5. Pacers
      6. Sixers
      7. Nets
      8. Hawks (I’m hoping Raptors make it, they have the potential, plus they will be better than the Wizards, Cavs, Magic, Bucks, Bobcats and Pistons).

  9. vern says:

    Good news! I hope it works. Teach our two stars to play off of each other. Melo and Stoudemire can post and shoot the short jumper so instead of competing against each other they can team up on oppositions and drive them crazy with who to double.

  10. Paul says:

    Guys if anybody can help me with verifying tickets for knicks nets game nov 1. I got through craigslist a ticket for the game opener. I dont know if it real or not. Maybe somebody has a ticket purchased through ticket master. Please help. Send me via mail pics of real tix or link.

  11. specialfriedrice says:

    Alot less of Melo time and alot more Stat and Felton is gona = more wins for New York, too much Melo again and its gona be alot of LOL’s @ the Knicks

  12. Just-a-thought says:

    The Knicks are a bunch of basketball players. That doesn’t make a team.
    Phil Jackson tells the truth – this group is not going to make it. I’m just glad Jeremy Lin did not stay there. I have a feeling even his huge heart would not have been enough to counter the anti-team approach of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and possibly also Amar’e, all focused on themselves. Here’s for a fun season in Houston 🙂 There should be a basketball TEAM there to watch and root for.

    • Rich says:

      Houston will be already out of contention even during the all-star break. But they will be the one of the richest team not to make the playoffs because of JLin.

  13. Cornelius Fields says:

    AI will bring so much excitement to the Knicks.o get him the NBA needs him

  14. Cornelius Fields says:

    Please sign Allen Iverson

    • QuestionMark says:

      Why would they want another ego in the team? It is already difficult enough for Melo and Stoudemire to play together, Iverson will pretty much dismantle this whole team.

  15. CholakaySur says:

    Knicks is going to be better than last year. but i dont think they have what it takes to beat MIami. It would be great to see MIA and NY in the ECF.

  16. Azorgen says:

    Now headline the West’s talk with the San Antonio Spurs,

  17. erlan24 says:

    I think amare and melo would not be enough to go for a champ, almost same position almost same height, knicks they dont need more oppense they need a leader to

  18. Owenhart says:


  19. sam says:

    Nicks lack in defence not offence. Melo is the most overrated player in the league.Nuggests knew it therefore were happy to let him go so checply. Nicks needs t dump him and get real start who knows how to defend before boosting his offensive game.

  20. ism says:

    watching videos like this and the one where hakeem trains d. howard always make me think he was one of the few most intruiguing players, ever.

  21. I don’t think they can win OKC,Bulls,Boston,Lakers,Heat so until they realize that if the if they can put they ego’s aside and build of good chemistry then they might have a chance

  22. gorocks says:

    just goes to show how much of a living legend olajuwon is.retired,still fit, tutoring the young generation nba players and giving back to the game. this is why he was the best centre going around.i reckon he still would b able to show centres up today

  23. SunsCritic says:

    Dream needs to work with Amare on his DEFENSE!

    • tyrone says:

      True,cause STAT should work with him on defense since the Dream is the all-time leader in shot blocks.

      • W/E says:

        stoudemire is hopeless on the defensive end, he is NATURALLY a VERY BAD defender…and he can only get worse as he is aging cause defence is all about effort and energy..

  24. RememberThisDay says:

    The east should end up like this

    • dattebayo says:

      Heat, Bulls, Pacers and Celtics will be the top 4 seeds in the east without a doubt. Indiana is good but they won’t be Division Champs…

  25. Jayjoe14 says:

    Knicks surely got a lot of money. And of course, Olajuwon LOL!



  27. There is going to be a lot of expectations for these knickers, anything lower than a 5th seed is going to be disappointment.

    final seeding of east
    3/4/5. pacers/nets/knicks ( in no particular order)

    The Knicks didn’t have summer camp last season and they never had training camp with STAT and melo together, so this year i expect much better geling and if J.Kidd is at the point enough, he should provide solid direction for the team.

    • QuestionMark says:

      Knicks have a chance at being the 2nd seed, if Melo and Stoudemire can play well with each other, Knicks are a stacked team, and have the potential to beat the Heat if the chemistry is formed, plus I think the Knicks will be one of top defensive teams espeically since they got Camby and Brewer and they already have Chandler (the DPOY) and Shumpert.

      • A lot of things have to right if they make it to the 2nd seed, first rondo has to be hurt for some time, the knicks must gel pretty damn fast which I don’t see that happening for at least a month, also consider the fact that stat and melo isn’t exactly best friends yet hence the month wait, and with the new faces in the team, everybody will need to be comfortable with each other. This is the same with the Nets, a lot of new faces but after a month of gelling, it’s going to be interesting

  28. STAT better deliver this season, especially since he was hyping himself up after his first training camp with Hakeem

  29. drdre23 says:

    knicks can make to the second round and then its over

  30. FUTURE says:

    Knick out first round AGAIN …its da future trust me

  31. bballjunkie1 says:

    Coaching is not just X’s O’s but developing & motivating of players also. An art lost with recent brand of coaches. Woodson a chip off of the old block is getting it done the right way raising the physical, and IQ level of his players. It’s good to see Melo, Amaire, Chandler recognize that they can do more, get better, be double triple threats inside and out. Hakeem the best “up and under” big man ever.

  32. syed islam says:

    i have been knicks fan 20 years. all i want to say good luck and play hard as you can. less talking and more playing let’s go knicks.

  33. eric says:

    i love this game

  34. HDC says:

    I don’t care whether or NOT the Knicks get to the NBA Finals. I just want them to win playoff series. That’s all.

  35. jcb381 says:

    the knicks are strong but people keep thinking that the BULLS wont do much well that makes me lol cuz the WILL be in the PLAYOFF

  36. newyorksteelo says:

    lol @ Linsanity took the train to Houston ha ha ha

  37. trueHEATfan says:

    Those Knicks are going to be great if Melo and Stat can mesh, you can’t force the chemistry it has to come natural. I’ll be the first to admit the Heat took two years to get it right. I also look foward to the tandem of J.Kidd and Tyson. I see Kidd still averaging eight dimes a game but most will be to Tyson. Would be great for them if T.C. could get his average up to about 15-17 ppg. Overall for the Knick mainstays it is looking promising . Can’t wait to see Stats new moves .Go Heat

  38. HeatKingsofEast says:

    hakeem improved the game of lebron. watching the ecf of 2011 miami vs chicago and ecf of 2012 miami vs boston, lebron upgraded his talents thru the post. but at the end of the day, it all depends on the player.

  39. dysraw1 says:

    STAT & Melo must get it right this year, they have the point men which should make things different. they both have to move the ball. i see Melo as a catch and shoot guy more than ever. they should stay away from isos. as much as possible. defense will be the mantra this year so STAT needs to move his feet. in all i am happy with the roster, just want positive results. this year its all about health & attitude

    • uwa says:

      The Knicks has the same squad minus lin. I do believe kidd can help improve the team however knicks weren’t even close to be a contender last year so I don’t think kidd is enough to change that. the best option for them is improving through trade.

  40. Newyorksteelo says:

    Sounds like the Knicks are focused for the upcoming season. Anxiously awaiting for the season to start.

  41. Lebron James says:

    I hope they can give us a good series than last year.. I am ready for my 4th MVP,2nd Finals MVP and Championship ring this year. Be ready for the second ever 5peat in the history of the watch out.

    • LeChoke James wont win any titles as long as Howard, Gasol, Kobe and Nash are on the lakers…so good luck with that

      • NBA says:

        hahaha…. good luck with your Fakers….

      • LeChoke has a RING!! says:

        Period DOT!! #GetOverIt

      • I JUST CLICK YOUR NAME ;) says:

        Aha! Keep Dreamin, #HeatBack2BackChampionship

      • no chance says:

        wait, dwight howard’s stats will be down since he’s going from 1st option of magic to 2nd/3rd option on the lakers with gasol. his pts/rpgs/asts were already very close to Andrew Bynums but thats comparing a 1st option scorer and only rebounder of the magic to a 2-3rd option with the bynum-gasol duo. basically im saying that a dwight howard with back problems and no team chemistry means that the lakers didn’t get significantly better with the trade. furthermore, nash’s stats will be WAY down since kobe is a leader of the league in ball usage rate, and nash is a liability on defense with his age. lakers still dont have a way to stop westbrook from getting his shot at will, let a lone durant, fresh out of the OLYMPICS. history shows ALL players improve or achieve something significant after a stint in the olympics

      • uwa says:

        Everything we can say about lakers is just a prediction, we have to wait and see how the new squad will do. how ever, they are much improved compare to last year. at least they did not get worse. so writing them off before the leauge even starts is a big mistake. My prediction is that, nash will have same amount of asists, lakers will score more and their defense will stay about the same since fisher or sessions are not so much better than nash. nash, dwight, gasol, bryant will score less but I don’t think other than nash their numbers will drop drasticly. the rebounding numbers of dwight might drop just a little. And they have a great scorer in the bench whom score back to back 50 points and avaraged 17 points last year. so I predict that lakers will do better than last season at least I am sure that they won’t get worse.

      • Ian Chan says:

        lol thats really funny im not a huge lebron fan but u dont know how good he is like hes not my favorite player but i gotta admit hes no.1 in hard working he earned that ring

    • FettaFetta says:

      Go Bobcats!