Amar’e to work with the Dream again
New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has decided to spend another off season working Hakeem Olajuwon. Amar’e isn’t the first NBA player this off season to make that announcemen. Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons has said he will work with The Dream too. This will be Stoudemire’s second summer working out with Hakeem as the two spent time last summer as well.
Amar’e Stoudemire will resume working out with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon for the second summer in a row, according to his training adviser Travis King.
King said the workouts will take place sometime in August at Olajuwon’s ranch outside Houston. (ESPN New York)
His trainer says the two will continue to work on what they worked on last summer, his post moves and his defense. The time spent together last year did help Amar’e in 2012/2013 but that was only when he could actually make it onto the court.
Personally, I’d like to see him spend this summer in the gym working out and getting stronger instead. Stat proved he could play well with Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony and that three could be a Big Three. His weakness this year was his health and not much else.
He’s at the point in his career where he’ll be a big asset to the team no matter what his post moves and defense are like. He can only be that asset though if he’s healthy and that’s what he needs to focus on. Finding a way to hold up to the grind of an 82 game season.
“He’s a heck of a player,” GM Glen Grunwald said. “The question is his health and how much he can play. So we’ve got our medical staff and training staff working with him to design an offseason program that will get him to full health.
“We hope he’ll be able to play significant minutes for us next year. How much that will be, we don’t know at this time. But when he came and played for us … he was, as [Woodson] said, a big factor in those games.”(ESPN New York)