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Olajuwon wishes for more from Howard

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07:20 AM ET 11.20 | Hakeem Olajuwon, many years before bringing on NBA stars as pupils, was, of course, a pupil himself in Nigeria. "The game was introduced at my school and I learned it from scratch," Olajuwon said. ... The Hall of Famer was speaking Tuesday from Nigeria, where he was helping to launch a basketball initiative for youth. Even from half a world away, though, Olajuwon was thinking about the struggles of his current pupil, Howard, who he mentored in the offseason after the big man signed a four-year, $88-million free agent contract with the Rockets, Olajuwon's former team. "The truth is that I can't wait to get back to Houston to do more work with Dwight," said Olajuwon, who left Houston in early October to return to his home in Amman, Jordan and has been keeping track of his pupil on TV. "I wish he was doing a better job."

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November 20, 2013  07:50 AM ET

Ouch!

November 20, 2013  08:29 AM ET

"The truth is that I can't wait to get back to Houston to do more work with Dwight,"

For a good fee, ofcourse ;). Smart man. He's gotta prove to the Rockets to pay him!

November 20, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Howard will always be a guy who never achieved his potential. Mainly because of his lack of intellect and drive to be the best he could be.

November 20, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Kinda sad for Hakeem to bring it out in the open. Bad timing when the team is doing well and the wealth is spread among the players. He might not need to do much when other players are putting double digit points.

November 20, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Kinda sad for Hakeem to bring it out in the open. Bad timing when the team is doing well and the wealth is spread among the players. He might not need to do much when other players are putting double digit points.

but that won't always be the case and there will be times when Howard is the one they will depend on.

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November 20, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Dream On, Bro.

November 20, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Olajuwon wishes for more from Juwan Howard

November 20, 2013  09:49 AM ET

I dont see the problem , he is just saying what we have all been thinking. DH is lacking some key components, one being "owning" the paint. He is way too passive!

November 20, 2013  11:00 AM ET

Howard will never change, because he doesn't "want" it bad enough. Dwight Howard is the same player today he was when he came into the NBA, 9 years ago. You can't be disappointed with the results you get from the work you didn't do.

November 20, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Howard is who and what he is and won't be any better regardless of his teacher. If Howard was taught how to play the post as a high schooler he would have those tools and have polished those skills at this point of his career. He will always revert back to what he know best and that is what he is displaying now. If Ewing could not adjust Howard's game; no other retired superstar will adjust Howard's game. The guy have far too much strenght and muscle and far too less offensive skills. He will dominate the game as just being over powering, the problem now is that there are big, strong, and over powering guys in the league that can neutralize Howard's game.

November 20, 2013  11:24 AM ET

Dwight is a nice guy and I believe he means well but in the end the guy much rather have fun, enjoy the ride than put the hard work and deal with the pressure to succeed at high level and win rings. It is what it is.

November 20, 2013  11:52 AM ET

There is a difference in practicing moves with the Dream and using them on a game by game basis. Howard is too passive on the court, but he will complain if he doesn't get touches. The truth is most of the playoffs teams are setup to defend him well enough without help. OKC, GS, SA, LAC. Houston just needs him to be a threat off the pick and roll and a few post up situations. Harden and the rest of the team will do the rest.

November 20, 2013  12:14 PM ET

DH doesn't have to have post-up moves. He just need to play block shots, rebound, dunk, and catch lobs. The Rockets offense will be onside-in with Harden, not inside-out with Dwight because it is easy to just foul him than let the inside-out game develop any rhythm. DH needs to work on free throws more than any other part of his game. Until that is done, DH is a liability.

November 20, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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I dont see the problem , he is just saying what we have all been thinking. DH is lacking some key components, one being "owning" the paint. He is way too passive!

Yep, but when Laker fans say it we're acting like "scorned" lovers...smh

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November 20, 2013  03:34 PM ET
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Yep, but when Laker fans say it we're acting like "scorned" lovers...smh

SMH. That dont make no sense <In my scooby voice>

November 20, 2013  05:48 PM ET

This bum needs a career makeover, #LakerGang

 
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