Rudy Gay working out with Olajuwon
If he can add a decent post game after learning from Dream, can he reach his absolute ceiling?
at age 27, Gay should be entering his prime now, how much better he get?
Can't hurt. He has the size to be be very effective in the post. More ways to score the better.
He has to work on his shooting and shot selection to really reach his ceiling, but a post game would be a nice little tool for him.
Adding a post game will help, but I won't pay much attention to Rudy Gay until he stops taking bad shots and playing so much hero ball.
Good to see today's young players seeking the help of legends to improve their game....Unlike the young players in the 90's and early 2000s....Some showed their elders no respect....lol..
I became a Memphis season ticket holder when they drafted Rudy Gay and watched him play alot..He was considered an average defender,but he did a good job of defending post players....
amare stoudemire improved for the short time he played after working out with the dream. melo never played better than last year after working out with the dream. javale mcgee improved a lot from working with the dream. kobe and lebron improved by working out with olajuwon. the only players that haven't improved noticeably (and maybe they actually have) are camby and tyson chandler whom both are very offensively challenged. camby we didn't get to see at all last year and well may chandler improved, but the offense is through melo and jr smith, so who knows. defensively those 2 players are already there anyways. but rudy gay working out with olajuwon can's hurt no doubt, and i would expect improvement on the play of rudy gay this season. this is huge, gay was sort of just as good as he was going to be without something like this. the fact that he's going out of his way to get better definitely is a great sign.
Olajuwon is stealing money. They're giving him $50,000 for something your assistant coaches will do with you in the offseason for free.
"Hey, come work out with me in Houston and get like me"
As much as I respect Bill Bayno, he's not a Hall of Famer and one of the best post players in NBA history.
I'm sure these guys blow $50,000 in one weekend while partying anyway. Might as well learn from the greatest post player of all time.
It should definitely help if they experiment with Rudy as a small ball 4, which would give Terrence Ross more minutes at the 3.
With the news of how bad his vision was over the years, it's hard to predict how good he'll be in 2014. He's making nearly $18 million next year, so it's going to be pretty difficult for him to play up to his pay no matter how much he improves, but an uptick in % on his jumpshots + an improved post game is going to be needed if he continues being a volume shooter.
Same with DeRozan really. They both get an empty 15-20 points per game. Toronto needs them both, as well as others, to improve if they're going to make the playoffs.
I'd also like to see if improved vision will help his passing game. He really had a hard time spotting his fellow teammates - even when they were open as &$#%#&@! under the basket. ; )
The only on that I think that made a difference was Lebron. He got a lot of criticism after they lost to Dallas because he had no post game. Lebron came back the next season with a hole new arsenal of post moves. Javale had no noticeable difference to me nor did Dwight Howard.
The dream was the best post player, and no one had/has his moves.. But does anyone else think that it's becoming sort of a trend for all players to work with him? It's ok for Dwight or Amare, their place is under the rim or in the low post, but more and more shorter guys seek Olajuwon for.. what exactly? Sure, the game is changing and evolving, versatility counts more than ever, but you are a small forward dude. That's why there are positions in the game of basketball. Unless of course your name is Lebron James and you have mastered every other aspect of your game. What can I say, I like Rudy, and hope he improves in whatever way he sees fittest.
Slepchor, yes you have positions but you had smaller guys back in the day that could post or other guys in other positions with the ability to post up... Gary Payton, Steve Smith, Mitch Richmond, MJ, Pippen had it too, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, James Worthy, Cedric Maxwell (one of the best in the perimeter and he is 1981 nba finals MVP), Adrian Dantley, Elgin Baylor and Bernard King... in my opinion i want a lot of people learning how to score in the post... because how many players do you have in the league that good in the NBA???... for me this are the best Tim Duncan, Luis Scola, Al Jefferson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph and Pau Gasol... for me they are complete players in the post what about perimeter you have Melo, LeBron, Kobe i can't remember no one else, and i actually have the same opinion of Kobe... DRose should learn it too and he is now 200 pounds, and he is 6'3 he have a strong body and athleticism and use it has a weapon to score than always attack the basket i hope he is better in other areas personally i think he should learn how to play in the post too... conclusion if you are bigger or stronger use that advantage in the post it's better than taking bad shots