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JordansBulls
07-11-2012, 12:04 AM
http://blog.newsok.com/thunderrumblings/2012/07/10/hakeem-olajuwon-contacts-scott-brooks-to-begin-working-with-serge-ibaka/



Hakeem Olajuwon has reached out to Thunder coach Scott Brooks to determine if and perhaps when he might be able to work with Ibaka on his offensive game. Olajuwon’s representatives contacted Brooks, who teamed with the former Rockets star, via text on Tuesday.
Olajuwon originally expressed his interest in working with Ibaka to Fox Sports last month, saying the Thunder’s runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year “needs it.”
Brooks on Tuesday told The Oklahoman that he loves the idea.
“I played with Hakeem for three years,” Brooks said of his stint with Olajuwon and the Rockets from 1992-95. “He’s one of the best to ever play the game. Anytime you can get players that played at a high level that can share their insight, you have to take advantage of it.”
Ibaka has a small window of availability this summer. He will compete for Spain in the London Olympics, which run from July 27 through August 12. It’s unclear what Ibaka’s plans are beyond that. Typically, many Thunder players reconvene in Oklahoma City several weeks prior to the start of training camp to begin voluntary workouts as a team.
Ibaka has gotten more comfortable and confident on the offensive end every year he’s been in the NBA. In his third season, Ibaka averaged 9.1 points on 53.5 percent shooting as the fourth option behind Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. But Brooks said after the season that Ibaka can be even better offensively.
“He can improve a little bit more, especially with the experience he has gained,” Brooks said. “I think we see a peek of what he can become on the offensive end. I do not think he is going to be a 20-point scorer but I think his mid-range is as good as anyone on our team and we have to do a better job of finding him opportunities.”
Olajuwon famously instructed LeBron James for four days last summer, and the lessons on footwork and low-post moves that James learned helped power Miami to the NBA title. Olajuwon also has spent time developing Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard’s post games among others.
There’s no telling what a lesson on the low block from Olajuwon could do for Ibaka, who led the league in blocked shots last season and is improving rapidly on defense. Brooks, however, already is tempering expectations.
“One of the things I do realize is there’s only one Olajuwon,” Brooks told The Oklahoman. “There’s not going to be another one, not in my lifetime. So the expectations have to be realistic. He’s such a modest person that he will never tell anybody how great he was. But he was the best that I’ve ever seen with footwork and his ability to make plays, not only for himself but for others. I’ve never seen another player at any position able to do what he did.”
Brooks doesn’t deny that Ibaka could benefit from a few sessions with Olajuwon.
“Serge, he definitely can improve,” Brooks said. “He’s one of the best face-up shooters. But if he can develop a consistent low-post game, it’s going to help all of us.”

Baller1
07-11-2012, 12:05 AM
So pumped. We've been talking about this in the OKC Forum. This could be HUGE.

Lake_Show2416
07-11-2012, 12:06 AM
Oalajuwon is always helping current players wit their post footwork/moves

Jarvo
07-11-2012, 12:23 AM
He should call for Blake Griffin also, But damn Ibaka will be beast !

Phenomenonsense
07-11-2012, 12:28 AM
Come help Monroe! Try and help someone who has a decent post game already.

Hellcrooner
07-11-2012, 12:39 AM
good news.

Jahari Kavi
07-11-2012, 12:39 AM
The most slept on legend ever.....that's why the Avatar will NEVER change.....everyone goes to him to get better, because they know the deal.....

OKC
07-11-2012, 12:40 AM
it could be amazing.
maybe he should help thabeet too:eyebrow:

Lakers + Giants
07-11-2012, 12:42 AM
Always hear about how ppl ask him for help yet none of em even improve. :pity:

Take notes!

Cano4prez
07-11-2012, 12:45 AM
Always hear about how ppl ask him for help yet none of em even improve. :pity:

Take notes!

LeBron improved, so did Dwight

koetravis
07-11-2012, 12:49 AM
Good. Ibaka is one of my favorite players in the league and hopefully this can blossom him into the category of top 5 PF's.

nbrod
07-11-2012, 01:00 AM
Hopefully he can learn some solid back to the basket move

Lakers + Giants
07-11-2012, 01:08 AM
LeBron improved, so did Dwight

So did kobe. But none of them improved to the point where they were remarkably better.

Hellcrooner
07-11-2012, 01:33 AM
Good. Ibaka is one of my favorite players in the league and hopefully this can blossom him into the category of top 5 PF's.

:pray: god knows pau is aging we need ibaka to become a superbeast for when Pau no longer plays for team spain.

SpaceJamJordans
07-11-2012, 01:33 AM
DeAndre Jordan needs this the most

Phenomenonsense
07-11-2012, 01:40 AM
Nah, he needs to work with someone who actually has a chance of becoming good. Jordan won't have a post game ever.

mRc08
07-11-2012, 01:41 AM
I like ibaka so I hope he takes not. However I feel like someone does this every summer with a "post legend" and yet we never see any noticeable difference? Even Noah was suppose to work with Kareem this offseason, we'll see how that works out...

naps
07-11-2012, 03:44 AM
Hakeem is a BOSS. He helped pretty much all the greats of today's game. Such an honorable man who commands tremendous respect from today's top talents. Would be cool if other greats would come in help as well.

Losoway
07-11-2012, 03:49 AM
hakeem is always helping players with they footwork

none of them i ever see use it

rockbottom2010
07-11-2012, 04:05 AM
LeBron improved, so did Dwight

difference is lebron has a ring....dwight doesn't

Silent
07-11-2012, 04:10 AM
If Ibaka Can develop a consistent offensive game he will surpass Griffin

JJ_JKidd
07-11-2012, 05:55 AM
Serge BUKAKEEEEE!! :speechless:

Method28
07-11-2012, 08:56 AM
He should call for Blake Griffin also, But damn Ibaka will be beast !

He actually is working with Griff this offseason

LongIslandIcedZ
07-11-2012, 08:58 AM
So he is calling these guys asking if he can help? Thats incredible, really trying to improve todays younger players, especially those who cant really grasp back to the basket play.

BSardogan
07-11-2012, 09:04 AM
hakeem is always helping players with they footwork

none of them i ever see use it

Not sure if you've even watched NBA basketball this year in that case. Have you seen all of the postmoves LeBron did in the playoffs? He was being mocked for not being able to play in the post, and that footwork he developed was the result of 3 hours a day-workouts with Hakeem in the offseason.

kdspurman
07-11-2012, 09:15 AM
So did kobe. But none of them improved to the point where they were remarkably better.

I agree, and I think it's partly cause guys choose to work with him later in their careers when they already have established the kind of game they want to play. (This is why a few years of college can work wonders in the right program :) )

So they might show flashes of what they've learned, but it's not something they can use to really change a game because they've become accustomed to playing a certain style. Maybe they'll make that call earlier in their careers, or better yet, maybe they'll work on fundamentals coming into the league vs. just wanting to be a freak athlete.

StinkEye
07-11-2012, 09:26 AM
I learned how to play in the post by just watching big guys play. I wonder why it's so hard for some of these oafs to learn a couple moves on their own, or without the help of a 49 year old. Anyways, I'm not so hopeful that you'll see any kind of major improvement in Ibaka's post game.

DaVille
07-11-2012, 09:37 AM
DeAndre Jordan needs this the most

DeAndre needs a miracle not Hakeem.

dh144498
07-11-2012, 11:59 AM
Can Ibaka finally become a 20/10/4 guy? :worthy:

NBA-GMaster
07-11-2012, 12:04 PM
He should help McGee!!

Sly Guy
07-11-2012, 12:07 PM
The most slept on legend ever.....that's why the Avatar will NEVER change.....everyone goes to him to get better, because they know the deal.....

It's cuz he played at the same time as Jordan is all. Hakeem was a legend in his own right, but everyone was watching Jordan when he was at his best.

KingPosey
07-11-2012, 12:18 PM
So he is calling these guys asking if he can help? Thats incredible, really trying to improve todays younger players, especially those who cant really grasp back to the basket play.

Im sure it doesnt hurt that their teams are giving him handsome rewards for his time.

PREPBALLFAN
07-11-2012, 12:19 PM
Hakeem is a true class act!!!!!!

Baller1
07-11-2012, 12:28 PM
So did kobe. But none of them improved to the point where they were remarkably better.

Yeah, but we're also talking about some all time greats in Kobe, Lebron, and potentially Dwight. It's hard to become remarkably better when you're already great.

Ibaka has a ton of took to improve, which is why this has the potential to be a massive boost to Ibaka's game. Ibaka needs to realize the amount of respect this shows from Hakeem and take advantage.

Stinkyoutsider
07-11-2012, 12:37 PM
That's all Ibaka needs. His defense has been great for a while now and I agree with Scott Brooks about his mid range shooting. Any distance out to 19 feet is money for him.

Now, if he develops 2 or 3 post moves, he will be one of the best 4s in the league for a while.

Blake Griffin needs to call him up to get him some moves. I think Kevin Love needs to call too. Love already has the long range game.

HouRealCoach
07-11-2012, 12:43 PM
Olajuwan is the man... HE will be working with Chandler & Amare also

I think Griffin & Love will work with him net offseason

Chavacano
07-11-2012, 01:07 PM
Ibaka with post moves. :drool:


Serge BUKAKEEEEE!! :speechless:

:puke: