According to Chris Broussard, the New York Knicks have hired Hakeem Olajuwon to work with their yet-to-be-jelled frontcourt. Nobody questions the talent of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are, but whether the two superstars can play together at the same time has yet to be determined.
The Dream, however, has high hopes for the two superstars working together.
“They both have to realize that the most important thing is not how great you are individually,” Olajuwon said. “You’re remembered for how many games you win. So to get to play with another great offensive player should help you. It should make your job easier. You have to work well together. You can’t be competitors with one another….It shouldn’t be Amare just staying in the post because he can be a scorer in the paint and outside,” Olajuwon said. “It’s the same thing for Carmelo. He can score in the post and outside. So if Carmelo is in the post, Amare can be at the foul line and he can make that shot. If Amare’s in the post, Carmelo can make the shot from the free-throw line, too. They shouldn’t be competing against each other; they should be complementing each other. They need each other to win.”
If Hakeem can convince Carmelo and Amar’e not only to play selflessly, but place them in positions where they can both succeed, the Knicks will not only be defensive juggernauts with Chandler and Camby, but offensive ones as well.