Though he had an injury-plagued season, things are starting to look up for Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire. For the second summer in a row, he’ll be training with legendary baller Hakeem Olajuwon, starting in August at Olajuwon’s Houston home.
Olajuwon has turned his full-court basketball gym into an NBA player development center during the summers, and he reportedly charges $50,000 a week for private instruction. He has worked one-on-one with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and LeBron James.
Stoudemire will continue to build on the post-up moves and defensive maneuvers he learned from Olajuwon last summer. The big reasons behind the collaboration were: (1) to give the Knicks a low-post presence, allowing Chandler to be the go-to pick-and-roller; and (2) to improve the spacing between Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, who had tended to crowd the court in the midrange area.
Hopefully this gives Amar’e the leg-up he needs for a better season in 2013-14.