NEW YORK – Andre Drummond didn’t respond directly to my question about what he hoped to get from training with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer.
“What?” Drummond gasped.
I wasn’t sure whether he heard me. He was, after all, walking from the Millennium Broadway Hotel to Times Square Studios for the lottery while we talked. But he also might have seen the question as dumb. After all, why train with Olajuwon for reasons other than refining post moves?
I repeat the question with an implied, “You know, specifically.”
“Obviously, get a better offensive set and use my quick speed and my feet to my advantage,” Drummond said.
I still have much of the same skepticism about how much Olajuwon will help Drummond, but I’m becoming more optimistic. Drummond moves extremely well for his size, and and even if Olajuwon doesn’t turn Drummond into a great, or even good, post player, better footwork could help in a lot of ways.
Just as when the news broke, I remain impressed with Drummond’s initiative, especially once he confirmed the Pistons didn’t urge him to approach Olajuwon.
“It was my idea to look and seek him out,” Drummond said. “I’m glad that he accepted the offer and wanted to work with me when the time’s right.”