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Amare & his short shorts Training with Hakeem

This past week New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire trained with Houston Rockets NBA Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.  Amare posted the above video of himself and his 1980's shorts training with the two time NBA champion Olajuwon in Houston, Texas on his website.  In the video Amare tells his fans that he is "studying the game" and that by training with Hakeem he has a "training camp mentality in early August." Amare states that he is "doing it all for his fans in New York who sticking with me through a tough year last year." Amare ends his STAT TV YouTube clip by telling us that he is "trying to find Jeremy Lin, he is no where to be found!"


Amare to Train with Hakeem Olajuwon 

12 time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Champion Hakeem Olajuwon will work with New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire later this summer.  Reports on the internet Wednesday stated that Olajuwon will fly to New York in August to train with Stoudemire.  Amare has often looked out of place in the Knicks offense under both coaches Mike D'Antoni and Mike Woodson since the Knicks acquired small forward Carmelo Anthony in Febuary 2011.  Stoudemire is found roaming the perimeter and settling for long jump shots.  Stoudemire has never been known for his back to the basket low post moves, and his training with Olajuwon could signal a more defined role on offense for Amare in Mike Woodsen's system.  Hopefully The Dream will also enforce the importance of rebounding and blocking shots!  In the above video, Hakeem explains that his signature Dream Shake low post move is actually derived from playing soccer.  Olajuwon in recent years has privately trained three of the NBA's best players Koybe Bryant (2009), Dwight Howard (2010), and LeBron James (2011).


17 years later Shaq still making up excuses for his 1995 NBA Finals loss

Can someone please remind us why Shaquille O'Neal was added to TNT's Inside the NBA cast?  Before Tuesday night's Thunder and Lakers game the Kazaam movie star stated that the reason his Orlando Magic lost to the Houston Rockets in the 1995 NBA Finals was because the Magic were "rusty" due to "17 days off" before game one of the NBA Finals.  WTF Shaq, people have the internet nowadays.  Did The Big Liar not think this would be looked up? 
Game 7 - Eastern Conference Finals was on June 4th, 1995
Game 1 - NBA Finals was on June 7th, 1995
Not only was there only a two day layover, the Magic were SWEPT by the Rockets 4-0.  Hakeem Olajuwon ended up taking Shaq to the woodshed averging 32.8/11.5/5.5.