Last year about this time a big deal was made about New York Knicks’ power forward Amar’e Stoudemire taking the time to train with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon in order to develop a much needed post game.
Due to another injury filled season for Stoudemire, we really didn’t get to see how much Stoudemire’s efforts with Olajuwon helped.
However while Stoudemire planned to train with ‘The Dream” once again this summer, apparently he won’t get the opportunity.
The Knicks have decided that rest for Stoudemire is more important than spending time training with Olajuwon as according to Marc Berman with the New York Post; the Knicks announced that Stoudemire will not return to the Olajuwon camp in Houston to work on his post moves again this month as had been planned.
Stoudemire had planned to return to Texas to refine the post moves he learned last summer and the decision seems to be purely that of the Knicks as it pertains to Stoudemire’s health and doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the fact that Olajuwon is about to be named to the Houston Rockets staff as instructor for Dwight Howard and Omar Asik is not a factor in Stoudemire not attending.
According to a Rockets source, Houston is allowing Olajuwon to fulfill any of his prior commitments with opposing players this month before he exclusively works with Rockets big men.
Judging by that, Stoudemire will likely never get to work with Olajuwon again which is disappointing as you would like to get a good look at if STAT could develop a decent post-game, something he will need to have in order to excel on the court at the same time with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.
However if Stoudemire is never on the floor, it really doesn’t matter who he trains with.
The Knicks window to win with this group is a small one so it makes a lot of sense to take every precaution necessary in order to try and keep Stoudemire as healthy as possible.
If that means shutting him down and not training with a Hall of Famer, then so be it.
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