Speaking from the country of Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon expressed his feelings about Dwight Howard. The Houston Rockets brought Olajuwon in to personally work with Howard and his flaws. One of those flaws is his free throw shooting, in which Dwight is shooting a career low .531 from the charity stripe this season. Of course there has only been a handful of games played, but this is not a good early season sign. The Dream has realized that Dwight is fallen back into some of his older habits since he’s been gone including being indecisive when he gets the ball on the block offensively. Because of this, Hakeem said he wished Dwight was doing a better job so far this year.
“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.”
It’s probably not a great thing that Hakeem feels that he needs to be back with Dwight after a handful of games thus far, but it probably would be a great thing for Dwight’s confidence knowing he has a Hall of Fame player to fall back on. Olajuwon talked went on to talk about him being back in Houston could help Howard’s habits.
“Maybe if I am there with him all of the time we can reinforce new habits and make it all feel natural,” Olajuwon said.
“I think this is where a confident routines comes in,” Olajuwon said. “It’s not just putting in hours and hours of work. It’s getting a solid routine and staying with it. With Dwight right now, I think it’s more mental. Sometimes you just have to let it go. Don’t think. Don’t hesitate. Just trust your routine and let it go.