As a member fo the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard used to travel to Houston to work out with NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon, and now that Howard has signed with the Houston Rockets, he's taking full advantage of Olajuwon's services.
Rockets.com reporter Jason Friedman posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday, which showed Howard looking on as Olajuwon demonstrated a post move. Houston's coach Kevin McHale was also in attendance at the training session.
"So this is happening right now: Dwight, Olajuwon and McHale. Can confirm dream shake as potent as ever," Friedman tweeted, referencing the effective post move Olajuwon made famous during his career.
Howard was still a member of the Orlando magic when he first recruited Olajuwon's services at the end of the 2009-2010 NBA season. The results were almost instantaneous, when Howard's number increased across the board the following season. The Houston Rockets big man enjoyed the best offensive output of his career after his offseason workout with Olajuwon, averaging almost 23 points per game on 59 percent shooting in the 2010-2011 season.
Rocket fans are hoping Howard will have similar success in the 2013-2014 season, which will be his first with the Rockets. Last year, the 27-year-old only average 17 points, which was his lowest scoring average since the '05-'o6 season, when he put up 16 points per game in his second year in the league.
On July 5, Howard announced he would not resign with the Lakers and instead join the Rockets. The move drew the ire of many, who said Howard couldn't deal with the pressure and high expectations Los Angeles presented. Therefore, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is entering a crucial season in which he'll be scrutinized intensely by the media, in light of his departure from the Lakers.
Howard is working to prove his doubters wrong, and his offseason training with Olajuwon, is just one of several steps he will take in his road to redemption.