Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the greatest centers of all time. He won two NBA championships during his career while playing for the Houston Rockets and he remains close to the team to this very day. Currently, Olajuwon is back in his home country of Nigeria visiting family, but he’s still keeping a close eye on his former team and one of its players. That player would be Dwight Howard, who Olajuwon tutored over the summer.
The Dream was asked about Howard during a recent interview and to say that he was candid with his response, would be putting it lightly:
“The truth is that I can’t wait to get back to Houston to do more work with Dwight. I wish he was doing a better job… I thought we were doing a good job with this when we were working together over the summer and at the start of training camp. But what I see now is that when Dwight gets in competition, he has a tendency to go back to all of his old habits. He’s just doing all of the things that he did before. He needs a reminder.”
So clearly, Olajuwon views Howard as a work in progress. Thus far in 2013 Howard is averaging 18.4 PPG and 13.7 RPG, which are both above his career averages. However, I think we can all see that he’s still not playing up to his full potential. That’s okay though, it’s still early on in the season and The Dream is the best possible guy for Howard to be working with. I’m not sold he can greatly increase his numbers across the board, but eventually he’ll master some of the moves that Olajuwon has taught him.