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Old 07-29-2011, 02:00 PM   #15
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Default Re: Dwight Howard is back to learning from Hakeem Olajuwon

Originally Posted by get these NETS
What I was getting at is....don't know if the training/instruction is specifically tailored to Dwight's bodytype, physical ability, strengths & weaknesses, and MODERN nba defenses.

When I saw him last year..he seemed to be mimicking Dream's moves more than incorporating Dream's training into his own game.

Read once that Dream was actually under 7 feet, and looking at him, he didn't have the freakish wingspan that you associate with nba centers.

What he did have was exceptional (for any position) lateral agility, speed, quickness, and footwork. He was mentored by Moses but he tailored and patterned his moves and game on his OWN strengths and weaknesses. In fact...he's quoted as saying he used to borrow moves from guards

Guy would be a fool to not practice against Dream, but if you think about Dwight's strengths and weaknesses and the fact that zone defenses are legal now in the NBA...I think Dwight could actually help his team more by incorporating some of Ewing's move/game into his repertoire.

I noticed Dwight doing something that Shaq did a lot in his prime a lot last year, which is getting good position and going up quick with a jump hook off the glass, he scored a lot on that play. He also seemed to get better at using his strength to back defenders down, and the spin moves he was using are a good weapon for him because of his ability to finish with either hand. For years, he's used his ability to run the floor as well. So, I like what I'm seeing from him as far as how he's scoring.

As far as Ewing's moves? Well, I figured that he probably learned that running hook move from Ewing. Patrick didn't really shoot as much of a hook on his version, but that shot in the lane was really his signature move, or the "3 step move" as it was called.
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