Former NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon has spent part of his retirement helping current professional basketball players better their game. It is not as if he is helping nobody’s either. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are just two of several stars who Olajuwon has helped improve. Olajuwon enjoys training Howard at the moment, but Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is someone who Olajuwon thinks could become much better just by spending time with him.
“I don’t know that I would like to, but a player that needs [my help] is Blake Griffin,” Olajuwon said, according to nicekicks.com. “If you look at Blake, he’s very explosive, but he needs the moves that can get him in that position where he can finish. […] So he would be an ideal guy to where, when I watch him play and I see how explosive he is, I’d give him all of these moves to take him to a whole different level.”
It is not exactly an offer from the Hall of Famer, but one has to imagine that if Griffin contacted Olajuwon the two-time NBA champion would step up. Olajuwon prides himself on helping others, especially the big guys. He truly believes the players can benefit from his guidance, which has proven to be true considering the players he has helped have seen a big improvement in their game.
Griffin has gotten better since he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, even if his numbers dropped last season. With that being said, the 24-year-old still has plenty to learn to become an elite forward. Many see Griffin as someone who can just dunk. However, with someone with the right knowledge and experience teaching him who knows how much better he could become.