The Houston Rockets have had one of the most productive off-seasons of any team in the NBA thus far. Even though they haven’t completed a high quantity of moves, they did land the biggest fish in the free-agent pond when they were able to sign All-Star center Dwight Howard to come to Houston and join their young core headlined by James Harden.
Along with Harden and young swingman Chandler Parsons, one of the key figures in the Rockets’ pitch in trying to sign Howard was legendary Rockets’ center Hakeem Olajuwon. Olajuwon hasn’t played in the league since 2002 and has really only been heard from before now in regards to him working with the NBA’s elite big men on their post skills.
According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, though, the Rockets are bringing back Olajuwon to the organization in what they dubbed “an official capacity.” It hasn’t yet been decided what his actual position and title will be with the Rockets, but general manager Daryl Morey said that Olajuwon won’t be full-time, but will be as full-time as possible and will work with the Rockets’ big men.
With Howard now and Houston and Omer Asik there (for now) as well, Olajuwon will be huge for helping them to continue to develop their offensive games in the post. Olajuwon while he was in the league was one of the most versatile and dangerous big men in the league because of the plethora of moves he could use to score. If he can pass just some of those down to a player with the talents of Howard, the Rockets will be a force in the Western Conference in the upcoming season.