Hakeem Olajuwon Wants To Help Blake Griffin
Since his retirement from the NBA, hall of fame center Hakeem Olajuwon has been known to be a great tutor for anybody looking to improve their low-post play. One player Hakeem hopes to tutor is Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, who is still young and raw in his low post development.
“I don’t know that I would like to, but a player that needs [my help] is Blake Griffin. If you look at Blake, he’s very explosive, but he needs the moves that can get him in that position where he can finish. […] So he would be an ideal guy to where, when I watch him play and I see how explosive he is, I’d give him all of these moves to take him to a whole different level.”
Hakeem’s diagnosis of Blake Griffin’s game is spot on. Griffin is incredibly explosive, athletic, and has a ton of natural talent. However, he isn’t the most polished player out there. Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Tim Duncan, and Kevin McHale certainly were not any more athletically gifted than Griffin, but they were all much more polished when they were in their prime since they all could hit the mid range jump shots, knock down their foul shots, and beat guys in the paint due to their versatile moves and technique. As of right now, Griffin beats guys just because he is more athletic and powerful than they are. He can’t play that way forever, and his ceiling remains relatively low provided he doesn’t become more polished and refined. Hopefully Griffin takes “The Dream” up on his offer before he loses his athleticism and becomes forced to polish his game. A young athletic Blake Griffin with the skills of any of those power forwards I just mentioned would truly be a unstoppable force in the NBA that could bring a title to Clippertown.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord