A Dream Tutor For Dwight In Houston



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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – NBA big men working out with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon during the summer is one thing. Having Olajuwon as your full-time tutor, however, is a completely different story.

For Dwight Howard, it’s a story that could produce results all big men dream of … dominating the game and winning titles the way The Dream did when he starred for the Rockets.

The Rockets are working on adding Olajuwon to the coaching staff, per the Houston Chronicle, a move that should benefit Howard and every other big man on the roster:

Olajuwon’s duties and title are being discussed, and he will spend much of the year at his home in Jordan. But he will work with Rockets interior players, as he does with big men around the NBA each offseason, as a team employee.

“We are going to bring him in as full-time as is possible,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday. “It’s not done, but we have mutual interest to get it done, and we’ve had some early discussions.

“We want him to work with Dwight and Omer (Asik), and he wants to do that.”

Olajuwon, 50, has worked with Howard in two offseasons, and Howard has spoken about training with him again, this time as the latest in the line of Rockets All-Star centers.

“He has improved so much,” Olajuwon said. “I like with the Houston Rockets he will get a chance to show his true potential. That’s exciting. The last two years, he has not really been given that opportunity to really, really express his game, his comfort level and confidence. Here he has a team that is willing to do that. They want him to do that.”

Howard’s physical tools are already there. Toss in some skill work with a master like Olajuwon and the Rockets have a chance to see the very best from Howard, who signed his four-year, $88 million free agent deal with the team over the weekend.

And, let’s not forget, Howard has worked with Olajuwon in the past.

Scores of players from around the league, a list that includes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Josh Smith, JaVale McGee and others, have enlisted Olajuwon’s services in recent summers. Howard would have him watching his every move now and working with him on a daily basis.

Toss in the fact that Kevin McHale, one of the greatest low-post technicians in basketball history, is coaching the team and it’s clear that Howard will have the best big man mentoring crew on the planet.

That can’t be anything but a great thing for Howard and the Rockets.

44 Comments

  1. LiftOff says:

    Howard made the smartest possible choice. Lakers fans and ESPN hosts don’t have to like it. Houston will be dismantling the Lakers and most other teams for years to come. Period.

  2. Gary says:

    Kobe does shoot the ball a lot but he had to carry this team on his back into the playoffs. If Dwight could make a darn free throw consistently, Kobe could have given him the ball even more. Harden will go through the same problems if he does not make groin free throws. Hack a Howard still lives on….,.!

  3. ITS ME! says:

    WOW!!! LOOK AT ALL THESE HOWARD HATERS!!! ALL OF YOU GUYS WISH THAT YOU WERE IN HIS POSITION, MAKING THE MONEY THAT HE MAKES, AND GETTING THE CHOICE THAT HE CHOSE! YOU GUYS SHOULD GET A LIFE AND LEARN TO GET ON WITH IT!!! BTW, I AM NOT A HOWARD FAN, BUT THERE IS NO REASON TO HATE ON HIM! ONLY LOSERS DO!!!

  4. Someone else says:

    I would agree with Duffmanth. Hakeem had better all-round skill and was more dynamic than any other big man who ever played. One thing people rarely do when comparing who is better than who is look at the calibre of the opposition. Hakeem outplayed many of the best centers who ever played in what was by far the strongest era in the position. Through most of Abdul-Jabbar’s career the position had a lower level of strength in depth and size. Chamberlain and Russell dominated their era, but it was a weak era in that area of the court. Chamberlain also had big height, reach and weight advantages over everyone for most of his career. It’s a shame that many players who played in the smaller market don’t get the respect they deserve.

    • Rocketman says:

      I’m in my mid 50’s I watched Wilt and Russell in my opinion the best one on one match up in NBA history and sorry Kobe you won’t break Wilt’s record 100 points but I lived in Houston during Hakeem era and had season tickets and I agree 100% with Someone Else that Hakeem is the greatest Center he did not have a great cast like Kareem,Wilt or Bill Russell and still night in and night out slapped the best Ewing and overrated Shaq.Even Shaq at admits Hakeem he could’t get into his head and was the best center he played against.Had Shaq not had his celebrity status he would have fouled out in 5 minutes of the game.Hakeem had skills that no one else did and didn’t start playing until later on.Being a soccer goalie made him a great shot blocker.

  5. Miami Heat Fan says:

    I’m not D12 fan, but I think D12 now is happy and at peace. He will improve more and play great but still need more 2 or 3 season to win a ring from the Houston Rockets.

  6. J says:

    howard is gonna be even more dominant than he was WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! imagine it… now that’s domination

  7. sports fan says:

    Any player that wants to improve has to decide in the first place to want to improve & be open-minded to accept help. Dwight chose not to seek help from Ewing & Kareem but he did train with Olajuwon in the past. Dwight will now want to improve more than ever & will be open-minded to accept all the help he can get from Olajuwon & McHale. The only time he can be judged on this issue is by the end of next season. I think we will all see a big improvement in his game.

  8. Marcelo says:

    Wow… amazing video by the rockets… not much of a rockets follower, but that video got me pump up haha

  9. kasmotetong says:

    Howard will have a ring…. From Frodo…

  10. D Atreyu says:

    Howard will win an Oscar

  11. D Atreyu says:

    Howard will win an Oscar 2014

  12. Lakers4life says:

    Why does everyone asume that just because he trains with Hakeem he will automaticly be a superstar?

  13. Lakers4life says:

    Wont be long ’till someone gets traded or fired in Houston… Good luck.

  14. Kimmy says:

    I disagree. I think team chemistry will be xcellent, I think coaching style for Dwight will make him excel as a player and good move on Houston part to give him Akeem as trainer/tutor/mentor. I think Dwight will eventually win a ring, just don’t know if it will be w/the Rockets. Too soon to tell. But he’s moving on the right direction if you ask me. Stop drinking Haterade people. I wish him the best because he deserves it. But he is a crybaby, lol.

  15. theholyspectator says:

    do or die time for d12…they have to atleast make the western conference semi finals for dwight to maintain any hopes of restoring his reputation…anything less, is a flop

  16. Wake Up says:

    I think most people would agree that Hakeem is one of the greatest, so how bout giving him a little credit here.

    Do you think Hakeem would take on a full-time coaching role if he didn’t think he had the right tools to work with? No he wouldn’t. He see’s the potential and believes he can derive it.

    Say what you want about Dwight, but if you’re still at the stage of calling him a untalented coward then i’m sorry but you’re a little, no, VERY, delusional. No C currently in the league comes close to Dwights presence on court.

    As for cry-babies well, if you’re still letting it agitate your precious little minds that a player has gone to a team more suitable to him then you should take a good long think about why such rubbish is allowed to stay littered in your mind for more than a couple of minutes. DUMP IT, MOVE ON.

    The right people believe in him, and that’s all he needs. Dwight will be come a force to reckoned with whether you like it or not. Quote me on that.

  17. Ziden says:

    i still think dwhite howard is not going too win an championship, beecause the whole teem chemistree is wont work

  18. W/E says:

    D12 will prove how untalented he is, the guy is all muscle no skills, Dream and McHale can do much the guy is a brick.

  19. Van says:

    Sorry dude; Kareem is not the best big man that played in the nba do how can he the best player ever. If wilt had played as long as Kareem did; he would have had untouchable records. Btw Kareem is just as much as a baby as Dwight is. He sat there and begged for a statue. Dwight didn’t call probably for the same reason Shaq didn’t ever talk to him when he was in LA. Kareem has a huge ego and is ver self centered and people don’t like that. That being said he was way to skinny to cover Shaq or Wilt in their prime. And of course MJ is still the greatest for unless Lebron becomes an unstoppable scoring force which he isn’t right now. Lebron can’t score at will every night like MJ or Kobe can but he is still all around better than them.

  20. Duffmanth says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, Hakeem is the best centre ever.

  21. Bubba says:

    Howard will win a championship.

  22. Howitis says:

    thing about howard is his 27 to think hi need to get better on the post at this point is late he isnt goin to just like shaq couldnt help stoudemire get better on the post i would think if anything he needs to be a better leader and keep his cool not lose it like he did for the in the playoffs for the lakers looked like he just gave up

  23. MIAMIWHO says:

    Dwight Coward will never win a championship. Number 1 his offensive skills are horrible, number 2 he has no heart what so ever and he is as soft as tissue.

  24. hkst51r says:

    Anyone who is interested, here is an article about why Dwight Howard will never win an NBA championship

    http://voices.yahoo.com/why-dwight-howard-rockets-will-never-win-an-12225115.html

    Let me know what you guys think

    • NParigi says:

      Good article and makes sense. However, Shaq was as equally bad at free throws and has won multiple championships. He has never done it solo. He always had a copilot in Kobe and in DWade. Howard has Harden in his corner along with a really good supporting cast and excellent backup center. He wont have to win it by himself. He is on a true team that plays together and if he can mesh, which I believe he will (time will tell though), he should have a great chance to win a championship.

  25. celentano says:

    Hedo turkoglu career is done,d’ont know if he still feel to click with Howard!

  26. B Radd says:

    I think Hedo Turkoglu could help settling Dwight in his transition phase. Hedo knows how to utilize the big man and has been in the league long enough where he can make an easy transition on the team and help relieve the attention Howard will be pressured with. Heado knows when is the right time to get the ball to Dwight and when Dwight is in the best position to score. Hedo always carried his load while with the Magic together with Dwight. They have a long history and can be very useful in that Small Forward position. But it’s Houston’s Power Forward position I’m kinda concerned about. I personally think Elton Brand could be of some help as a starter but in a minimum minutes role. Jason MaxIell could also be a good pickup or Tyrus Thomas at a PF off the bench. Now if the Rockets decide to use Dwight at PF and Asik at Center position, I think we got a twin tour situation but for how long would they run with this strategy?

  27. PIpsqueak48 says:

    One thing Sekou, Dwight Howard had Patrick Ewing full time on his side for four years, and what did he do with that? One coach firing and a Dwightmare. Also is you forgot to mention arguably the best big man of all time and arguably the best player of all time Kareem Abdul-Jabaar in L.A. Hakeem cannot offer Dwight Howard anymore than what he wants to utilize, which apparently is not a lot to little seeing how he shunned two of the greatest to play at his position, and im positive but not entirely sure he will do the same to Hakeem, but only time will tell.

    • Van says:

      Sorry dude; Kareem is not the best big man that played in the nba do how can he the best player ever. If wilt had played as long as Kareem did; he would have had untouchable records. Btw Kareem is just as much as a baby as Dwight is. He sat there and begged for a statue. Dwight didn’t call probably for the same reason Shaq didn’t ever talk to him when he was in LA. Kareem has a huge ego and is ver self centered and people don’t like that. That being said he was way to skinny to cover Shaq or Wilt in their prime. And of course MJ is still the greatest for unless Lebron becomes an unstoppable scoring force which he isn’t right now. Lebron can’t score at will every night like MJ or Kobe can but he is still all around better than them.

    • Rocketman says:

      Kareem not better then Wilt or Bill Russell and questionable whether he patroled the paint like Hakeem.Kareem did have the great sky hook but also had a cast of great players around him.Hakeem marginal and still won 2 titles back to back!

  28. TTKIN says:

    He had Kareem in LA and never called him after their initial meeting. Just cuz Hakeem is there doesnt mean Dwight will make any effort to get better.

  29. Akeem says:

    Best mentoring for Howard, yes, definitely. He has been in the league for 9 years. I don’t see him vastly improving. He will never come close to being “Dream”. Still, Houston doesn’t have enough weapons to win it all. In a few years, maybe a finals appearance,…maybe.

    • Rocketman says:

      I don’t concur with that the Rockets will win at least one maybe two titles yes they may need to add another piece overall this
      team will surprise you! They will need to play together for at least one year.Rockets can do something that most teams can’t.
      They can run or play play half court game and against Spurs and Grizzlies don’t be surprised to see Howard and Asik in the game at the same time.Rockets are going to cause some match up problems too.Yes you want small ball they can do that too.Hakeem and McHale two of the best low post players to play the game to work with Howard and Asik and Howard is going to surprise some people and dominate the game.Need I say more!

  30. jmac32 says:

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  31. David says:

    This is great news for Dwight who currently lacks a wide range of an offensive arsenal. His restrained offensive capabilities will hopefully reach his potential under the Dream and coach McHale.

  32. Peter says:

    Hey even though Dwight is a bit of a cry baby, i understand his stance, especially with leaving the Lakers…he was a BIG number 2…always second to Kobe, who is probably the most selfish player ever…(talented but selfish which in turn breaks him and his team) I really think it will be a right fit for him…and with all that help McHale, Dream, he CANNOT mess this up..if he does..then…he IS just a cry baby thats just very big and somewhat talented haha. GOod luck to him though, with all the moves, it should be a great season for all NBA…EXCITING SEASON AHEAD!!

    • I totally agree with you…they are really commited to make dwight their star and let him take them to the finals

    • alp says:

      agreed. i don’t think people can even say dwight howard DIDN’T want the spotlight in L.A cuz if they did win kobe would get majority of the credit… if they lost it’s always dwight/Pau. but yea dwight did make the right decision, james harden is an incredible pick and roll ballhandler so thats a dynamic duo right there, and i havent even factored in jeremy lin, the ultimate team player, and the young gun chandler parsons. as a thunder fan i fear we will not even make the NBA finals this year WITH russell westbrook. the rockets may just do it next year…

      • Sergio says:

        Dwights biggest problem in L.A. was he didn’t want to run the pic and roll. I actually believe that harden and Dwight will be the only ones to mesh.. Lin is highly overrated and a walking turnover. Chandlar Parsons can shoot and that’s just about it. all in all the rockets are just another overated laker team. LA is going to happen all over in Houston. Dwight is one of those people who are never satisfied… its only a matter of time until kevin McHale has to be fired or someone needs to be traded…

      • Rocket33 says:

        Howard, Harden and Parsons will be a good trio. Depending on which Jeremy Lin shows up they are OK at the point too. But I think a key to the Rocket’s success will be finding a PF to play alongside Howard. I can’t see Howard and Asik playing together a lot. Dwight needs to be the C with a more mobile/stretch PF. I liked Terrence Jones at Kentucky so hope he shows improvement and gets more minutes this year. Motiejunas I still don’t know enough about. And Asik has already said he won’t be happy being a backup so that’s something they need to address. Maybe a trade involving him and Lin could get them an upgrade at point and a backup C. Or just trade Asik for a decent PF and backup C. Still can’t believe they didn’t make a run at MWP. I don’t care about the elbow to Harden. Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman played well enough together.