Lakers News & Rumors Recap: Olajuwon Discusses Kobe’s Post Game
NBA legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon has developed a reputation for working with various current NBA players to help refine their post games. In his career, Olajuwon was one of the most fundamentally sound centers to ever man the post and found fame with his patented “Dream Shake” to free himself up for easy looks at the basket.
Most recently, Olajuwon was interviewed about some of the players in the NBA that he’s worked with, and he had some nice words to say about the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant.
“Kobe is a genius, you know. He understands, he loves the post. He told me, ‘Big guys, they’ve come out of the post because they don’t love the post.’ If he could stay there all day, he’d stay in the post.
Now he wants to get more fluid in the post. And what you see these last couple years, he’s maximizing in the post.”
Words such as these should come as no surprise, as Kobe has made it a staple of his game to be fundamentally sound in the post. With his athletic ability declining as he gets older, he’s been reliant upon scoring in the post in order to maintain performing at an elite level.
Bryant’s most recent trip to Olajuwon came in 2009 after the Lakers won the NBA title against the Orlando Magic.
Lakers Nation News:
Kobe To Take September Trip To Abu DHabi and Dubai Before Camp [LA Times]
Can We Still Believe In The Lakers? [Silver Screen & Roll]
Lakers Sign Shawne Williams [USA Today]
Former Teammates Feel For Odom [ESPN]
Dr. J Lists Top Five NBA Players, Includes Three Lakers [LA Times]
Report Links Sebastian Telfair To Lakers [LA Times]
Offseason Grades: Los Angeles Lakers [SI.com]
Kings Hire Mulin As Special Adviser [NBA.com]
Is Dwayne Wade Still An Elite Player [Bleacher Report]
Lamar Odom Leaves Rehab [Kansas City Star]
Kevin Durant Doesn’t Plan On Leaving OKC [ProBasketballTalk.com]
J.R. Smith Is Suspended Five Games For Failed Drug Test [ProBasketballTalk.com]