There's no telling what a lesson on the low block from Olajuwon could do for Ibaka, who led the league in blocked shots last season and is improving rapidly on defense. Brooks, however, already is tempering expectations.
“One of the things I do realize is there's only one Olajuwon,” Brooks told The Oklahoman. “There's not going to be another one, not in my lifetime. So the expectations have to be realistic. He's such a modest person that he will never tell anybody how great he was. But he was the best that I've ever seen with footwork and his ability to make plays, not only for himself but for others. I've never seen another player at any position able to do what he did.”
Brooks doesn't deny that Ibaka could benefit from a few sessions with Olajuwon.
“Serge, he definitely can improve,” Brooks said. “He's one of the best face-up shooters. But if he can develop a consistent low-post game, it's going to help all of us.”
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