The Knicks are Keeping Hakeem Olajuwan all to Themselves, Hiring the Legend to Work with Team’s Big Men


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In recent years, Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon has acted as a sensei-for-hire of sorts for stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. All have taken the summer trek down to Olajuwon’s Texas home to work through the same sort of low-post tutelage that Moses Malone gave Olajuwon as a young buck some 30 years ago.

The New York Knicks are desperately trying to find a way to mesh the formidable talents of Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudmire and Carmelo Anthony, turning a star-studded frontcourt into a championship-level core. They’ve yet to find consistent chemistry while on the court together, the team plays far better with Anthony taking Stoudemire’s place up front, Chandler and Carmelo could still use some footwork tips, and Stoudemire has already worked under Olajuwon this summer.

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