The New York Knicks have decided that it is more important for forward Amare Stoudemire to rest than to work with center Hakeem Olajuwon on his post game. The Houston Rockets have just hired Hakeem Olajuwon as a coach to work with Dwight Howard and Omar Asik but that hasn’t played a role in the decision.
The Rockets would allow Olajuwon to fulfill his commitments including camps this summer. After this summer Stoudemire not be able to work with Hakeem again.
“The main thing with Amar’e is we need him to rest,’’ coach Mike Woodson said. “Last summer, he put in a lot of time. He had some bad luck because he worked his butt off last summer. This summer we’ll rest him and make our push to get him ready for vet camp.”
From the NY Post:
Stoudemire will not return to the Olajuwon camp in Houston to work on his post moves again this month as had been planned, The Post has learned.
Stoudemire had planned to return to Texas to refine the post moves he learned last summer. That Olajuwon is about to be named to the Rockets staff as instructor for Dwight Howard and Omar Asik is not a factor in Stoudemire not attending.
According to a Rockets source, Houston is allowing Olajuwon to fulfill any of his prior commitments with opposing players this month before he exclusively works with Rockets big men. Hence, Stoudemire might never work with Olajuwon again.