Add New York Knicks big man Amare Stoudemire to the long line of players that have benefitted from the tutelage of legendary, Hall-of-Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.
Stoudemire has been in Houston for about a week training with Olajuwon, and he told the local Fox affiliate that he "can't wait" to try what he's learned from Olajuwon this season.
"That's the route I hope to take with my career, is to eventually get to the Hall of Fame and win multiple championships," Stoudemire said. "To learn from a guy and pick up the same characteristics as he has and apply them to myself is going to be awesome for me."
"He helped me a lot," Stoudemire said. "A lot of moves that he has really, really translate to my game. To now develop a post game is going to be remarkable for me. It's going to catch a lot of my opponents off guard and it's going to be a great year for me.
Olajuwon has a history of teaching current NBA stars. He trained with new Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard for the past two offseasons. And he has also worked with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Stoudemire is looking for further improvement in his post game after a season in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The Knicks bowed out in the first round of the NBA playoffs, losing in five games to eventual champion Miami.