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NBA News: Hakeem Olajuwon Says Kobe Bryant Is A Genius In The Post Reviewed by Momizat on . For the better part of the last half-decade or so, NBA legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon has been working with various current NBA players to help refine their p For the better part of the last half-decade or so, NBA legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon has been working with various current NBA players to help refine their p Rating:
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NBA News: Hakeem Olajuwon Says Kobe Bryant Is A Genius In The Post

kobe-bryant-and-hakeem-olajuwonFor the better part of the last half-decade or so, NBA legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon has been working with various current NBA players to help refine their post games. 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.

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Olajuwon was recently interviewed about some of the players in the NBA that he’s worked with, and 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.”

These words should come as no surprise as Bryant has had some of the NBA’s best footwork both on the perimeter and in the post. As his athleticism has declined with his age, he’s spent more time in the post every year. Bryant took his trip to Houston to visit Olajuwon after the 2009 Finals win over the Magic.

Another guy who took a trip to see Olajuwon was LeBron James. James, however, made the trek to Houston after losing the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. Olajuwon said that James was incredibly professional and looked great in the post after three days of work. When asked about who he would like to work with, Olajuwon mentioned a certain power forward from the Clippers.

Not a player I want to, but a player that needs [help] is Blake Griffin. If you look at Blake, he’s very explosive, but he needs the moves that can get him in position to finish. [...] So that would be an ideal guy to work with when I see how explosive he is, I’ll give him all of these moves to take him to a whole different level.

It’s not a secret that Blake Griffin doesn’t have the best footwork in the post, but if Olajuwon can do the things that he did for both Bryant and James, Griffin can potentially take his game to a new level. Check out the video below.

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  • SpringBreakers

    Memo to MDA Pringles:Keep Kobe in da post for the majority of each game!LAKESHOW!

    • Daryl Peek

      Wrong. The system is more important. See Phil Jackson on Kobe & MJ trusting the system. Kobe will always get his but please refrain from false blanket statements, mayne.

      • SpringBreakers

        LOL WTF?I ain’t lying about ish look at the fucking numbers Daryl.Kobe is much better in the post than most shooting guards.Think Michael Jordan would put up with MDA bullshit?I think NOT homie!Mike D’Antoni system is ringless.I been a Lakers fan since i was in diapers so please understand i wanna back up MDA just like you do but i won’t if he keeps messing ish up.Kobe is a beast in the post off the right side and even pretty damn good off the left side.But whatever i know his system call for fluid constant ball movement and YA Kobe is a ball stopper in the post but so is every other great scorer.Oh well maybe people just can’t agree on anything.Numbers never lie!No disrespect intended to you Daryl but no need to sugar coat it.MDA is a proven bad playoffs coach no rings right?

        • Daryl Peek

          LeBron has won the last two NBA CHIPS using the D’antoni system. The Spurs use the D’antoni system. Phil wanted Kobe to be a ball mover in the triangle. He just wrote another book about it. Yes Kobe and Phil had success. But the MDA bias BS is just that!!! 90% of the NBA is using his principals for a reason.

          I’m not saying MDA is the GOAT as a HC but people really need to stop the buffoonery calling him garbage! The list of championship proven head coaches is very short mayne. That’s BS trying to use that as argument. MDA is a very good HC and does a great job grooming youth. This is exactly what we need. Will it result in a CHIP? I doubt it but player development is much needed, and who knows?

          What kills me is how fans are clamoring for somthing Kobe himself is not tripping on? Like Shaq said, it’s not about the coach. The players have to buy into what the coach is selling and make it work! Will it be absolutely everything the coach says in winning? No. You work the foundation he lays and tweek it to fit yourself. Both kobe and Shaq said this. Both Kobe and Shaq have endorsed MDA as a good HC also.

          Buckle up and support the team mayne. MDA is not going anywhere any time soon. What are you gonna do? Wish for Lakers failure because you don’t like MDA?!? That’s crazy!!

          • SpringBreakers

            I am a Lakers fan but i just said get Kobe da ball on da block.I am calling bullshit on MDA!Blah blah blah blah blah!U running lies Daryl!

          • Daryl Peek

            What lies?

            Again the ring argument is moot mayne. That’s like trying to compare Derrick Rose to MJ and being mad at him for not being as good. Phil is the GOAT as a HC. No one compares! All the other championship proven head coaches are locked up. MDA has had plenty of success in the NBA as a HC. Jerry Sloan, George Karl, Byron Scott, Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, ETC… are all considered really good head coaches. They all share the same plight as MDA, no rings.

            Rick Carlise, Doc Rivers, Larry Brown, Lenny Wilkens, are all long tenured head coaches that struggled til winning it all til they finally did. Don’t be one of those fans that thinks championship coaches grow on trees mayne.

            Phil failed miserably in 04 with a dream team. Phil got swept in 2011 with a back to back CHIP proven team he’d been coaching for several years. D’antoni didn’t even have a full season with this roster and one player, who didn’t want to be a Laker in the first place wanted him fired and Kobe amnestied. How the fuck was MDA gonna be successful under those circumstances? Couple that with the FO mandating he do everything to please this team cancer and deal with almost all of his players being injured all throught the season. COME ON MAYNE!

            Again, MDA is flawed but no more than other head coaches.

          • SpringBreakers

            Ya ok this has Randy Pfund or Mike Dunleavy written all over it.You do know MDA has been a coach for 14 seasons?He never won a ring and he is a hated man in New York.Very fucking hated.But i support the Lakers and i know MDA is the damn coach so whatever don’t say i am not a Lakers fam member.I am a Lakers fan as you know so don’t play a fool.Shut up.LOL nah just telling you what’s up.You said am i gunna do what u mean what i gunna do Daryl?

          • Daryl Peek

            LMAO

            I’m just giving you facts on the big picture mayne. Too many people try to frame the ring theme when it comes to head coaches. That list of championship head coaches is very short. Short in the total history of the NBA.

            Since 1989 only 8 coaches have won the NBA finals. Of those 8 over the last 25 years, only 4 are still active in the league. The pool is way too short, to cry championship proven or bust.

            I know you’re ride or die Lakers as a fan, mayne. I said buckle up just because MDA is the guy right now. Hating on him does not help the Lake Show cause. Fans chanting “WE WANT PHIL” doesn’t either. The facts are misrepresented when you cry rings. IJS

          • SpringBreakers

            Not crying nothing Daryl.You know i am down for da cause.I neva went and said we want Phil at Staples Center lol.But ya i have given some advice or just suggestions regarding the coaching situation.MDA has a ceiling of Del Harris if he lucky.If MDA wins a ring as Lakers coach hit me up on here and me and U and my girlfriend soon to be wife will all go down Figueroa Street and cheer MDA and the Lakers on parade day well un huh.I will buy you drinks and food and get you a jersey of Lakers MDA lol hahahah.Just sayin.I just was concerned bout da coaching defense we need improvement on defense it wins championships but offense is important yup.

          • Daryl Peek

            LMFAO @ drinks at the parade!

            Del Harris was on his way to winning with the Lake Show. I firmly believe that. We were fortunate Phil was available tho. Phil is done as a HC. All things come to an end eventually. I agree MDA has to show us. But give the guy a chance. Many are trying to dump him unfairly IMO. Most say fire him but can’t suggest a better championship proven option outside of Phil. Again Phil is done coaching.

            Mike Brown is gonna do big things IMO. He got LBJ to the finals with a bunch of borderline scrubs. It didn’t work for him here in LA but the We want Phil pressure is part of the reason IMO. The FO was on the right track looking at MB. Imagine CP3, Kobe, and D12 together in 2011-12? That team would have been boss for several years! Brown would have his CHIP. Brown wanted LO as part of the team but LO went mental and made matters worse. I think it would have been different if LO had kept his ISH together and stayed a Laker.

            Everything happens for a reason. We are what we are and things happened. No dynasty last forever. The Lakers however always RYZUP again eventually. I don’t drink anymore but if MDA gets that CHIP I’ll have one with you on Figueroa mayne! LOL

          • SpringBreakers

            LOL my comments get deleted all the damn time.So ya of course me and my lady are down for whatever and we will go to a Lakers victory parade of course and ya hope u join us.Mike Brown is legit Lakers messed up by fucking up and firing him ya’ll.Dat brotha Mike Brown was a young defensive coach dat had a bright future wit da Lakers.Phil Jackson be like John Wooden both were legends and coaches following dem neva could live up too da mystique.I always will support the Lakers.It just happens MDA is the coach and maybe Lakers can get back to the championship.I sure hope so.Rambis will help and so will Mad Dog and Johnny Davis,Larry Lewis yup.

          • Paytc

            Several of my post have been deleted as well. I think we have to add a little water.I guess some times we hit em too hard with pure realness. :) LOL….
            I’m not sure what else to think? I thought Mike Brown should have been given another full season too.But we have MDA now and have to find a way to win with him.He has a full training camp and no D.Howard selfish/immature distractions.More time to get the players onboard too.Hopefully everyone remains healthy and form the chemistry to be successful.

          • SpringBreakers

            Real
            Recognize
            Real

          • SpringBreakers

            Ya my lady she bout it.She ready and bout it i already told her about U she go to me he cute i wanna meet Daryl the Lakers fan.She say for me to start nicknaming U Lakers Daryl just like Clippers Daryl lol she cray.She a bout it chick loose or win she bout it.Damn she love da Lakers a lot.Anyways hell ya lets get dat championship homie.GO LAKERS ALL IN LAKERS FAM!

          • Daryl Peek

            WOW lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            Yes, Drinks at the parade. Can’t beat that. I’ll bring one!
            or two to start and we’ll go from there.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            Hey, I want to celebrate that with you guys if there open spot. Have some food and drinks and wear the Championship Jersey. It has been 5 years that we are so thirsty for another trophy and a parade at Figueroa will cure that thirst. Maybe with a Martell or Grey goose or Patron will do it, or anything that will make the blood flow warmer will do as well.Hit me when we get there.

          • SpringBreakers

            Yup Eddie join us to at da future Lakers parade.I be drinking on dat Hypnotic and Hennessy Incredible Hulks also i luv me a 40 OZ. Old English OE is yummy.My lady she luv Grey Goose Vodka and she sip on Patron lol.Oh ya seeing MDA on a floatie would be priceless a Kodak Moment to be sure.Lakers repping da city of LA.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            I don’t like MDA as well, his defense & players minute management for me is questionable, but your point of him not winning any ring is up for interpretation. George Carl never get any ring, same with Van Gundy, Sloan, and so many others. The only ones you can say that they have made it in the new era’s are Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich……. Spoelstra maybe, but it is still debatable.
            As far as players hating Coaches, that is how the trend is with superstars nowadays. They are getting paid too much and demanding the coach they wanted. Williams did the same thing with Sloan in Utah, Howard in Orlando. Lebron did it in Cleveland that outs Brown and again in Miami but Riley talked him and Wade out, keeping Spoelstra & winning their consecutive Championships. Kobe is the whole reason why Phil was back in 2006, and in acquiring Pau Gasol as well.

            Everyone goes up and down as far as coaching is. Riley left the Lakers with a great offer from NY, where he took them to the finals and consecutive playoffs.

            Phil Jackson went on a hermit in 2004, with an “All Star Roster”, was out coached by Brown, dismantled by east 3rd rated Pistons, and again was swept while defending their back to back championships by Dallas in 2011. D’Antoni is the best (Right Now!) in offensive system of play, thou I was also questioning his defensive capabilities, he brought in Kurt Rambis to help him integrate defense to his offense. It might not be as bad as what you think. This roster do not have anything to loose and if they work together, there will be a lot of people sucking up their spits with their predictions of where and how far we will go, LAKERS ALL THE WAY!

          • SpringBreakers

            Well said Eddie.

          • Paytc

            I thought so too ! not very many like to keep it that real :)

        • Paytc

          Great points SpringBreakers!

          But Daryl is right in the fact that MDA is the coach. So we have to give him a little support at least until we get into the flow of the regular season.Then if it looks like the players are not buying in, then the fans should back the players.Especially if the coach is not flexible enough to use the players he has to their strengths, not just force a system that is not working for whatever reason.Winning curse all Ills ! If we are winning something is right.If we are losing the coach has to go :0) LOL…..

          • SpringBreakers

            Yup true dat!

          • SpringBreakers

            Ya dats true dat on da real.Real talk homie.Thanks yo.Be Eazy!

    • Lakers4Life

      Just get rid of Dumbtoni and there won’t be need for anything else.

      • Daryl Peek

        Does it look like the FO is going to do that? And if they did, who should replace him?

        Bottom line, rooting for D’antoni failure is rooting against the Lakers right now. Get your fan bars up or bounce.

  • Daryl Peek

    What Hakeem is say about Kobe is the reason he’d beat LeBron in a one on one game. Matter of fact, Kobe would beat anyone, one on one!

    • Paytc

      I am one of the biggest Kobe fans/supporters….. But I’m not sure if he could beat anyone one on one?But I know whoever he plays better be ready, because he will bring it!

      • Daryl Peek

        Pre injury or post?

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      Even the great Hakeem recognizes that, Kobe being Kobe, not relying on his gift and natural ability alone. He worked his butt off and seek help to make himself better, separating himself from the rest. He always amazes me, finding out that he is working on some moves to compensate for his nagging injuries, and his father time regressions.

      He never let the injury, the media and all these negativity effect his performance or his passion and view of the game. When you elevate yourself above the best, it is as simple as “GREATNESS”..

      • Paytc

        Well stated !

  • Zimmeredge

    torn achilles will increase his choice to get inside instead of driving the ball.

    • Daryl Peek

      I disagree. While he will lose some of his explosiveness he will still be able to take you off the dribble. Dominique was still going hard to the rack after his injury in 91. He was second in the NBA in scoring behind MJ, at 29.9 points a game the year after his injury.

      Reduced minutes is Kobe and MDA goal. This benefits everyone. Kobe will still go all out when on the floor.

      • Paytc

        Daryl you are right.And then some….Kobe will not stop being a smart and dominating player.He stopped a lot of the hard drives to the basket and settled for the outside jumpers years ago.That’s why he’s played at a high level so long.Most prove how tough they are with stupidity. Kobe proves how tough he is with smarts.

    • Paytc

      Even before the torn achilles.Kobe has always been a smart player.Even when haters and doubters in the media tried to bring him down with the “he can’t drive and dunk anymore”crap Kobe stays focused on longevity and playing his game at the highest level with his own toolset.He doesn’t fall for the “ego” trip. That’s why he has been able to play through pain and avoid injuries.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

        They told him he can’t dunk anymore, so he dunks on Bigs like: Smith, Wallace and Humfries, etc.

        • Paytc

          That’s real ! and funny too.I think he got a few more dunks on a few other bigs as well.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            If you look at all his contested dunks, he never did it on small guards, like the many others. He does it in humiliating the Bigs like Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, Duncan, Humfries, Lopez, Lebron, etc. He does it to them to break their spirits. Other players showcase their dunks on small guards, not being able to contest their height and size advantage. Bullying their way around having a non contested plays. All GUT CONFIDENCE and COMPETITIVE INTENSITY .

      • Daryl Peek

        I wouldn’t say he’s oblivious to the ego theme Paytc. *Vino blank stare* lol

        • Paytc

          That’s funny! Your right about that ! :)

      • Zimmeredge

        i’m not saying he can’t do this or he can’t do that i’m just saying he will do that more, instead of doing this…
        of course kobe can still drive and dunk and he will still be able to do those highlight stuffs but if kobe wants to remain a top notch player as a scoring threat he will have diversify his options and that implies post most & drive less.

        • Paytc

          I don’t think you and I are dis agreeing very much here at all.You are right he has to continue to play smart.I’m just saying judge on the past I think he would have continued to play smart anyway,But the injury will just help him re-enforce how he’s been playing the game.And yes he will find a few new ways to dominate.

          You all may recall how some great players like Kobe and Jordan tend to rise up when challenged, or facing down times, and have amazing performances.I think it makes them tap into their zones with ease.Example Jordan’s 63 points in the Boston Garden his 1st game back after a broken leg.Or how Kobe and Jordan both played exceptionally well despite playing with fevers.They just tend to find a way to exceed expectations.

          I think we will get the best Kobe has to offer like always, and then some.

  • ra

    OK, add ‘the Dream’ to the list of greats who are praising Kobe lately: Glove, TMac, and even MJ (recall he favored Kobe over LBJ – not recently, but over a year or so back).

    I really had wished that the media had done the same during the years of Kobe’s greatness (it’s not over yet, but still). Instead they criticized him, for whatever insipid reason. But those with true basketball knowledge (like Olajuwon) know better. Even Shaq has recognized this (despite falling out between the two, he did recognize Kobe’s greatness as well – and it led to 3 rings for Shaq).

  • TnT

    i am a shooting guard and loves to post up to, but lacks of strength and angle

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