“Working out with Hakeem Olajuwon” is our generation’s “added 15 pounds of muscle,” in that it seems like everyone who is anyone is doing it in the summer. Want to be a cool guy who people give credit for having a post game before even seeing it in action? Plunk down the $50,000 and get your Dream Shake on. Kobe started it, but players as diverse as LeBron James JaVale McGee have participated and it’s the new big thing.
The best part, however, is that even you can get the Hakeem treatment. For one, you could just watch all the videos of guys training with him, of which there are many. Or, if you’re lucky enough to end up anywhere near Hakeem, he’ll probably just start doing post moves if you ask. From the Sun-Sentinel:
A little later, Olajuwon leaps up again, this time to demonstrate his famous baseline spin move.
“Here, put your elbow in my back,” he says, inviting me to simulate classic NBA post defense.
It’s a bit of a mismatch, as I’m giving away at least a foot in height to one of the sleekest big men ever.
Hakeem is in his element. Eyes flashing. Words flowing.
“Watch this,” he says, grinning.
One side of a large Persian rug is the baseline.
A coffee table is the lane.
A fluffy white chair serves as the backboard.
He fakes left and spins right, using short, precise steps.
Everything stays in perfect balance.
I blink, and he’s already past me.
“See that,” he says. “I locked your elbow with mine. That’s all it is.”
He laughs happily, claps his hands together in joyous approval and returns to his seat on the long white couch.
One second you’re talking to Hakeem Olajuwon about post moves, next thing you know he’s spinning Persian rug-side on you and leaving you grasping for air like David Robinson in the 1995 Western Conference finals. And all you wanted was to chill and maybe have some iced tea, but sometimes you’ve just got to play terrible post defense on one of the craftiest interior players in NBA history. That’s how you get better.
It’s also fun to imagine Hakeem Olajuwon doing post moves all over the place, because that’s the sort of thing you do in your house when you’re home alone. I’m guessing he jab-steps around light poles on the street and spins his way through lines at the movies. When you’re as skilled as he is, sometimes it’s impossible to stop being great, even if you should just be walking like a normal person.
So if you’re trying to become dominant in the post, but don’t have $50,000 to blow on lessons, just watch a few YouTube clips and try to find out where Hakeem Olajuwon is hanging out. Just spend a few minutes around him and you’ll learn something even if you’re not trying to. Not to mention, you can finally get that Raptors jersey signed. Win-win.