Houston Rockets: Olajuwon at Practice, & Issac White Wins Again

By Phillip Pyle

On an overcast day in Houston, the Rockets split time between practice with a Hall-of-Famer, and judging the Blacktop Battle Slam Dunk Championship.

After a great win by the Houston Rockets against the Indiana Pacers, Omer Asik, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard, each spent time with Hakeem Olajuwon working on post moves.

“Its a great learning experience – a Hall of Famer, one of the best bigs to ever play this game and he has so much knowledge and experience,” Jones said. “It’s so much to take in.”

Jones said he and Olajuwon worked specifically on post moves.

“He has so many counters and ways to get to the middle of the paint, which is the best way to score for a big,” Jones said. “He is teaching me ways to get there.”

Howard, who has worked with Olajuwon several times, said it was good to have him back in the gym. Howard said his demeanor and personality make him enjoyable to work with.

“He understands the game and sees thing that not a lot of people see,” Howard said. “He is always energetic from the first time we worked out together till now. He is happy-go-lucky.”

Meanwhile across the street from the Olajuwon practice, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Greg Smith, and Patrick Beverley were busy judging the Blacktop Battle Slam Dunk Contest which was won by Issac White for the fourth year in a row.