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Rockets hiring Hakeem Olajuwon might prevent workouts with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Hakeem Olajuwon, a key part of the Rockets’ recruiting efforts to land Howard and a large part of the festivities Saturday after Howard signed, will rejoin the Rockets in an official capacity for the first time since he spent the final season of his career with the Toronto Raptors in 2002.

Olajuwon’s duties and title are being discussed, and he will spend much of the year at his home in Jordan. But he will work with Rockets interior players, as he does with big men around the NBA each offseason, as a team employee.

“We are going to bring him in as full-time as is possible,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday. “It’s not done, but we have mutual interest to get it done, and we’ve had some early discussions.

This could block Olajuwon’s plans to work with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

Obviously, everything is still up in the air, and Olajuwon and the Rockets are free to settle on any terms they wish. Houston might permit Olajuwon’s offseason training sessions, or the sides might not reach an agreement until after this summer’s workouts.

But, at minimum, this news makes it less likely Olajuwon will train Drummond or Monroe.

3 Comments

  • Jul 17, 20133:10 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Of course its hindsight…. but it better that they workout with Sheed anyway? Hakeem has the footwork but he even admitted of that came from playing soccer and having to be light on his feet.

    Sheed have played against PF’s and C’s of this generation…. Sheed had a legit post game although under used and a deadly face up game ….

    It would have been nice, but it not like Hakeem was gonna be there after games or spend 2 hours before games or during practice reminding them of what they learned over the summer…

    You know? 

    • Jul 17, 20135:30 pm
      by Chris

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      In a way – you’re right. Sheed does have more experience with the modern game and could give some great advice. But at the same time: Olajuwon’s training sessions are a proven commodity. Almost every time someone comes out of a summer during which he worked out with Olajuwon he has a noticeably better post game. Lebron, Kobe, and even Dwight had marked improvement after working with Olajuwon. Nothing bad can come of it.

  • Jul 17, 20134:25 pm
    by angry little man

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    Are there not other big men coaches ? Lets take advantage of Drummonds youth, teach him good habits now while he’s still a sponge.

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