STAT credits Olajuwon for post moves

Some people scoffed over the summer when it was reported that Hakeem Olajuwon charged Amar’e Stoudemire $100,000 for two weeks of lessons on post play.

But it looks like a pretty wise investment.

Stoudemire has flashed strong moves with his back to the basket in the Knicks past seven games and he credits his work with Olajuwon for the success.

The Knicks’ $100 million man spent with two weeks with Olajuwon in Houston over the summer working on his post moves.

"For those two weeks I was such a student of the game, I was like his wallet: When he moved, I moved," Stoudemire said on Thursday. "I was studying him and soaking up all the knowledge and getting an understanding of what it takes to be great. He did a great job of teaching me."

Stoudemire has scored in double figures in seven straight games, shooting 37 for 57 over that stretch, taking advantage of mismatches against the opponent's second unit. He went 7-for-7 and scored 14 points in 21 minutes against Orlando on Wednesday, scoring both in the pick and roll and in the post.

Mike Woodson appreciates what he sees from Stoudemire in the post. He was with Stoudemire for a brief period in Houston at Camp Hakeem.

"This summer there just was no time off," Woodson said. "That guy was running and working with Dream and doing all the necessary things to get ready for this season. We’re starting to benefit from it. He’s starting to look more comfortable down on the block and that’s kind of nice to see."

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