Two big selling points for Dwight to join the Houston Rockets had to do with pedigree of big men associated with the franchise. With Hall of Famer Kevin McHale as head coach and Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon in the mix, the expectations were that Dwight’s game would continue to grow. Olajuwon recently revealed that he feels Dwight’s game is regressing and he’s ready to get back to Houston to help him out.
“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.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thought Dwight really wanted his help too. We see how that turned out.