The New York Knicks decided if Hakeem Olajuwon was good enough for Amare Stoudemire than he's good enough for all of their big men.
Chris Broussard with ESPN reports that the Knicks have hired Olajuwon to train several of its players.
Olajuwon will fly from his home in Houston and train Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby at the Knicks' practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. for several days next week.
"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."
Chandler was scheduled to train with Olajuwon earlier this summer but had to cancel because of the Olympics.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was the one who set up next weeks training sessions with the two-time NBA champion. Olajuwon played under Woodson for three seasons in Houston.