Last year LeBron James left his friends on Hoth after a nasty defeat, and retreated to the confines of Dagobah to learn the ways of the Force from a great and wise Jedi Master, Hakeem Olajuwon.
After a summer of learning how to improve his inside game from the Hall of Famer, LeBron took the NBA Playoffs (and eventually the London Olympics) by storm, defeating the Empire and winning his first NBA Title.
Meanwhile, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire was struggling through a frustrating season in the Big Apple, one that ended with him putting his hand through a glass fire extinguisher box, ending his season before his team was bounced from the playoffs by a Miami Heat team led by the aforementioned LeBron.
So naturally, Amare has done the only thing he could think of to improve his game: follow in LeBron’s footsteps and seek the wise teachings of Olajuwon. Amare spent this summer living what he called was his dream, learning from a man he idolizes and hopes he can one day be regarded amongst when his career is done.
Based on what we’ve seen from Amare this summer, Olajuwon is doing it again. It’s yet to be seen whether or not Amare can replicate LeBron’s success and end up with an NBA title and an MVP trophy, but one thing is for certain, 50-year old Hakeem Olajuwon has still got it — and that either says a lot about the teachings of the Hall of Famer or very little about Amare Stoudemire’s progress as an NBA player.