Working out with Hakeem “The Dream

Heeeeeeyyyyy worrrrrrrrrlddddd!!! How is everybody out there doing???


I’m good, finally recovering after what happened against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s still tough for me to think about, us losing and falling short of that ‘chip that we wanted to win for all of the Magic fans.


Gotta tell you guys that I haven’t been able to watch one game in the Finals yet. I can’t really watch it at all. Every time I turn on the TV and I see a Celtic or a Laker I kind of get ticked off. Sorry, that’s just the way that I feel.


I wanted to tell you guys about what I was doing last week. I’m not just sitting around and feeling sorry for myself about losing to Boston. I decided to get back to work on my game immediately, so I went to Houston to work out with Hall of Fame center Hakeem “The Dream’’ Olajuwon. We worked three hours a day for five days last week.


Let me tell you, Hakeem is 47 years old, but that guy is still in really good shape. I started to call Otis Smith up and tell him to sign Hakeem to a contract because I really think he could give us 12 to 15 minutes a night off the bench.


He has so much knowledge about playing in the post and I’m just trying to be a sponge and soak up everything that he teaches me. Some of it is stuff that we already work on in practice every day, so it’s just a matter of me working on it more and more.


But Hakeem showed me some things with footwork and shots off fakes to get free. He was always so patient in the post and it was like he had defenders on a string with his moves. So I’m just trying to pick up as much as I can from him.


Hakeem had the Dream Shake, but mine is going to be the Milk Shake. I’ve got a lot of drills and moves from Hakeem to work on all summer, and it’s just about taking them to the game now. Hopefully, I will get to work out with Hakeem again in August when I’m in Africa visiting for Basketball Without Borders. And we might get to see one another in Houston again before training camp.


So I’m doing everything that I can to stay busy this summer and keep my mind off the Finals. We had a really cool event on Sunday at Altamonte Springs for the Special Olympics. I got to bowl my guy, Big Bubba, who I met a few weeks ago when I was bowling at Altamonte Lanes. We had a lot of fun with the kids and of course I rolled a few strikes along the way. I didn’t have my personal bowling balls, but I still showed my bowling skills. And all of the kids laughed a lot and had fun.


Got a lot of trips coming up this summer. I’ll be in LA, China (twice) and Africa. Gonna do a movie in China, gonna make a kids’ album, make an appearance on Suite Life with Zack and Cody and shoot some commercials. So I will try and keep you guys posted on everything that I have going on.


Yuuuuuaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. Take care everybody!!!

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