Hakeem Olajuwon created a new mold for big men in the game of basketball.
Getting into the game of basketball after starting out playing soccer, Hakeem used the deft footwork he learned on the pitch to dismantle opposing slow-footed big men in basketball. His “Dream Shake” move was product of that foot work and quickness which gave opponents fits. Hakeem’s quickness and athleticism worked on the defensive end also: He was a two-time NBA Defensive Player Of The Year and is the NBA’s career leader in blocked shots.
Hakeem made 12 All-Star games and led the Houston Rockets to two championships, winning and MVP award in the process. Would you like your footwork to be as quick and precise as The Dream’s? Then This Hakeem Olajuwon Signature Workout Program is for you.
We cover some of Hakeem’s best skills, including:
Post Footwork And Spin Moves
Face-Up Moves Utilizing Your Quickness
Post Scoring Using Your Quickness And Touch Instead Of Bulk
Using Fakes And Shake Moves In The Post To Get Shot Blockers Off Their Feet And Out Of Position
Background on Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon was a 7 foot, 255 pound basketball savant. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon did not begin playing basketball until he was 15 years old. He was known for his rare combination of superior footwork, agility, balance, size, strength, scoring, passing, and shot-blocking ability. He attended the University of Houston from 1981-84. In 1983 he led the Cougars to the NCAA championship game, and even though his team lost, he was named tournament MVP. He was also a 1984 Consensus first-team All-American and the SWC 1984 Player of the Year. Called 'The Dream' because of his combination of intelligence, grace, and skill, Olajuwon was drafted number one overall by the Houston Rockets in 1984
During his 18 years in the league, he led the Rockets to back to back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995 and was the NBA Finals MVP both times, and was the NBA’s regular season MVP in 1994. He was also a 12 time All-Star, a 6 time All-NBA First team selection, Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994, selected to the All-Defensive First Team 5 times, and was a member of the 1985 All-Rookie First Team. Olajuwon was also a 2 time NBA rebounding champion, a 3 time NBA blocks leader, the Houston Rockets all-time scoring leader, and the NBA's all-time leader in block shots. He was a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. His number 34 jersey was retired by both the Houston Cougars and the Houston Rockets and he is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
FAQ on Hakeem Olajuwon
Who should train like Hakeem Olajuwon?
You are a nimble center who has excellent footwork. You can bang with the big bodies on defense, and also have the quickness to beat them off the dribble on offense. You are quick on your feet with moves and with jumping.
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