Posted by Royce Young
Last season, Kobe Bryant made some headlines because he spent time working with Hakeem Olajuwon. And once people saw the dividends of Bryant's work with Hakeem (for instance, Kobe scored in post-ups more than most power forwards or centers - it's true, I have a Synergy account) there was one question most had: Why in the heck is Dwight Howard not doing the exact same thing?
Well, question answered. Because as Howard put it, he's now learning from Master Splinter.
My first thought is, "How good does Hakeem still look? My goodness, I feel like he could still be good today." My second one is, "If Dwight Howard actually starts getting some of this stuff, oh my."
Olajuwon showed Howard a few staple moves and if you watch, it's all about footwork. Hakeem's is legendary and most credit that to him playing soccer, not basketball, growing up. Howard doesn't have bad footwork. It's more about his touch. But good feet and sharp moves can eliminate a lot of the need for good touch around the basket. Sometimes you make a move so good it's almost impossible not to score.
There's only so much Howard can take from three days of training with The Dream. But that's a whole heck of a lot more knowledge than he had before. Howard may be somewhat transformed this year, but that comes down to him taking the principles he learned with him and continuing to work on them. He can't expect three days of training to make him into Hakeem Olajuwon.
But if Howard starts getting even a little bit of it? Again, oh my.