"In an effort to improve his post game, Amar'e Stoudemire plans to spend two weeks working with NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon next month, according to MSG Network's Alan Hahn.
"The cost of learning The Dream Shake? $50,000 a week is what we were told. Now, we don't know of Olajuwon is charging Stoudemire full price, but Amar'e plans to get bang for his buck. He said he plans to memorize every lesson so he can expand his game to include one or two go-to moves on the post," Hahn said.
"Stoudemire has been known as mostly a pick-and-roll player who developed a mid-range jumper in 2010-11. Mike Woodson wanted him to be more of a threat in the post, so he asked his former Rockets teammate to spend some time with Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler is also expected to spend some time with Olajuwon after the Olympics."
Olajuwon was once nicknamed "The Black Hole," because if you threw the ball to him in the post it would never come back out. You can argue that the Knicks already have a player like that in Carmelo Anthony. Hopefully, STAT will focus on learning some quality post moves without having to dominate the rock to succeed."
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Dizzamn. If Amar'e came into next season with an Ice Cream Baby Hook, forget it. All day, like the fat guy at the park that you can't guard because of the Baby Hook.
I'm glad Amare is taking responsibility for his performance and trying to improve/create his post game. It's definitely kinda late in his career for it but its still a positive for the team.
Last season I saw smart coaches who understood Amare's simple game and knew how to shut it down. Part of it was not having a good PG but mostly it was him not knowing the best spots to attack the basket.
I def see a better year for him. He hears whats being said and it aint pretty. He needs to step it up because if not he'll be moving down to Charles Smith territory.
CHandler is terrible in the post, but he can do alley oops. However Chandler just never looks for passes in the post, so many times he would just miss a perfect pass because he wasn't expecting one.
Originally Posted by RunningJumper
Chandler does need a hook shot, desperatly. The guy is 7'1 get a damn hook shot. Roy Hibbert's game drastically improved because of his hook shot.
Amare just needs to knock down that jumper, but I expect Amare having to improve his post game is a sign from Woodson saying that Amare's days as a primary option for pick and roll are over.
Tyson is the pick and roll man and Amare will be there for the mid range or post play.
Amare just needs his confidence back, sad to say he lost confidence in his jump shot after being in the league for so long...smh
I can picture Stat getting the ball stripped from him in the post lol.
I wonder if he'll ever even use post moves. Last season he said he was working on his "dribble moves and 3 pointer" he had me excited when he hit that first 3 on Christmas day, but after that i guess reality struck.
but to stay on the positive side Lebron and Dwight benefited from Hakeem lets hope Amare and Chandler can to
Coaching wizardry by Woody. I love it. This is the answer to "Can Melo and Stat play together?" The answer: yes if Stat moves down the block instead of lurking up around the circle where Melo needs to roam. This will improve offensive spacing greatly and up STATs rebounding as he will be down on the block. STAT should embrace this because like our old warrior Pat Ewing, STAT knees are going bad fast. A nice post game will extends STAT's career. STAT can still vacate the lane to open up driving lanes for MELO and nail a jumper or two. And I assure you Woody will employ some triangle aspects a'la Kobe/Gasol so a nice two-man game between MELO/STAT will emerge. We got us a REAL coach now guys, not just some D'amnphony:)
Originally Posted by Crazy⑧s
Never mind Melo reaching another career high in dimes if this pans out. In a perfect world, that is.
Originally Posted by jimkcchief88
★ Is STAT willing to be the one who has to change? Can he see that it has to be him and not Melo? How I'd love to hear him answer those questions.