Hakeem Olajuwon has a rooting interest in the NBA Finals—he’s pulling for the LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Olajuwon worked with James on his postgame last summer and says he’s become a “big brother” figure to the Heat star.
"If he relaxes and just plays his game, he’ll be fine and I think (the Heat) win it," Olajuwon told Fox Sports Florida from Amman, Jordan.
Olajuwon—a two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP, in 1994 and ’95 with Houston Rockets—told Fox Sports 3 1/2 months ago that it would take time for James to become comfortable with the post moves he showed him. After watching James’ 45-point, 15-rebound performance in Game 6 of the East finals against the Boston Celtics, Olajuwon believes he’s getting it.
"You look at a lot of the moves, and it was unbelievable to watch," Olajuwon told the site. "The way they were executed it was a joy to watch because I know that we worked on that, and to see him using it at a most crucial time. He is in a comfort zone, and he is doing it how he is supposed to do it. …
"He is adding balance to his game because he is more comfortable making post moves," the Hall of Famer added. "He’s a more complete player. He is using a lot of the post moves (taught last summer). If you look at LeBron, with his physique and his strength and skills, you know that as he gets later in his career he will appreciate the post more, and it will get much easier for him. …
"I don’t know how you stop him."