Much has been made of New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire training with the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon to work on his post-game for the upcoming 2013 season.
However, the Knicks won’t be watching both of their big men improve in the post this season as center Tyson Chandler has elected to pass on training with Olajuwon this summer.
Chandler, fresh off winning a gold medal in London, told the New York Post that he wouldn’t be training with Olajuwon due to “logistical issues.”
Instead, Chandler is taking a couple of weeks to get some much needed rest.
“I’ll take about a week or two off and get back at it,’’ Chandler said. “There’s no need to let this go to waste. I’m in great shape now and want to continue to climb.’’
While it would have been nice to see what Olajuwon could do with Chandler as far as turning him into a threat in the post, some rest could be a good thing for Chandler, who just came off a shortened season in which he was extremely banged up and went straight into representing his country in the Olympics.
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year dislocated a finger on his right hand while working out before the Olympics and re-aggravated that injury in the Team USA win against Tunisia.
Rest could be just the thing for Chandler before the attempts to help lead the Knicks to a place they haven’t been in almost 40 years- the NBA championship.
Follow Matt Shetler on Twitter for news, reaction and analysis from around the NBA.