The New York Knicks have hired Hakeem Olajuwon to work with Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, NY. This is a fantastic move as Olajuwon did great when he trained such players like Kobe Bryant, Emeka Okafor, Dwight Howard and LeBron James. Now he can impart his wisdom to primetime scorers Stoudemire and Anthony. Hakeem has even imparted words of wisdom with regards to the scoring tandem. He states that Stoudemire and Anthony could co-exist and that they should work to complement one another. He says that to play with another great offensive player should make the job that much easier. Both should work well together and not be competitors on the same team.
This news should only benefit the Knicks as they enter the new season. Olajuwon has been a very good mentor with regards to imparting his offensive repertoire to anyone who wants to learn, and this should only be beneficial to Anthony and Stoudemire’s already deadly offensive game. If they can learn anything from Hakeem’s teachings, then we could see a much different New York squad come tipoff. Both Amare and Anthony are capable post players and now their only learning curb is to find ways to position themselves on spots that will complement each other well. Olajuwon has emphasized team play with his teachings and they should try to keep this advice to heart. If they do, then we could see a much fluid and even more potent New York offense.
Having someone like Olajuwon as your mentor could do wonders for your game and Amare and Carmelo will not let this opportunity pass them by. Both are intelligent players and they know that Hakeem has had an excellent reputation having mentored both Kobe and James to excellent results. We could see an interesting dynamic in the new season as both Stoudemire and Anthony will try to use what they’ve learned from Olajuwon on the NBA hardwood. In the end, this could only benefit Knicks basketball and we could see a more entertaining brand of play as we step closer into the new season.