It’s the summer time so you know what that means: Hakeem Olajuwon is collecting a massive check to help you favorite player become a better post player and have better footwork.
We know many who have worked with Olajuwon. Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Amare Stoudemire, Javale McGee and most recently Rudy Gay. It’s the NBA‘s version of a quicker, fixer-up. In an interview with Nice Kicks, Hakeem suggests that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin needs his help on the block.
Interviewer: Name a player that you haven’t worked with that you’d like to work with?
Olajuwon: I don’t know if I would like to, but a player that needs – Blake Griffin. You look at Blake, he’s very explosive. But he needs the move that gets him to the position to finish. That’s why you see in the playoffs, baskets become limited.
Well he’s right. We all hear what pundits and fans say about Blake Griffin. “HE HAS NO POST GAME.” “ALL HE DOES IS DUNK.” Both are inaccurate statements, but Blake definitely isn’t Pau Gasol when it comes to working on the block.
Looking at clips of Griffin on Synergy you can see exactly what Blake needs to make the next step as a NBA player, decision-making being the first. In the interview Olajuwon talked about how he adjusts his tactics depending on who’s defending him. If the defender is smaller he uses his strength. Bigger? He faces up and uses his speed to beat them to the basket. Anyone who watches Blake knows that he loves to face up, but knowing when to do it matters.
According to Synergy, Griffin shot 46 percent in the post which accounted for 33 percent of his offense. That’s good, but it’s highly evident that the footwork needs to improve drastically. Knowing when to turn. How to use the defenders body weight against them. That’s where Hakeem can come in to instill some intangibles in the all-star forward.
We’ll see if Griffin takes this comment as an invite as he’s prepping for what will be the most important season of his four year career. Here’s the actual interview below.