OKC Thunder: Hakeem Olajuwon wants to help out Serge Ibaka

Hall of Fame center has contacted coach Scott Brooks about tutoring the Thunder big man on his offensive game.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 10, 2012


photo - NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) grabs the ball beside Miami's Chris Bosh (1) during Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) grabs the ball beside Miami's Chris Bosh (1) during Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Olajuwon famously instructed LeBron James for four days last summer, and the lessons on footwork and low-post moves that James learned helped power Miami to the NBA title. Olajuwon also has spent time developing Kobe Bryant's and Dwight Howard's post games, among others.

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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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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