Dwight Howard stated Hakeem Olajuwon as a reason why he signed with Houston in the off-season. Hakeem has worked with Howard on his post game, and you can see slight differences in his moves this season. He is averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds a game, so he is playing well. Olajuwon is in Nigeria, so he can’t be in Houston to mentor Howard. He told NBA.com that he is ready to get back and help refine his moves:
“The truth is that I can’t wait to get back to Houston to do more work with Dwight,” said Olajuwon, who left Houston in early October to return to his home in Amman, Jordan and has been keeping track of his pupil on TV. “I wish he was doing a better job.
“Dwight has always been athletic and aggressive and he still is. But when I watch him, what I see are opportunities that he is missing. When he gets the ball, he seems to be taking his time to decide what move to make, where he should go.
“There should not be a delay for Dwight. He must be able to make a faster recognition of the situations and react immediately with a go-to move. You must move right away before the defense has a chance to set up. You must be the one making the first move so that you can force the defender to always be the one reacting.
“I thought we were doing a good job with this when we were working together over the summer and at the start of training camp. But what I see now is that when Dwight gets in competition, he has a tendency to go back to all of his old habits. He’s just doing all of the things that he did before. He needs a reminder.”
I hear people say that Howard doesn’t have an offensive game, and that is not true. He may not be Shaq or Hakeem, but the guy can score the basketball. The Rockets issues are on the defensive end with their perimeter players, but Hakeem sees room for improvement in Howard’s moves.