NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale joined ESPN 97.5 and shared some thoughts on another Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
“He was just a unique guy,” said Kevin McHale “Olajuwon was a freakish athlete.”
Olajuwon was brought up in the same discussion as Joel Embiid Thursday on the Joel Blank Show. Embiid has emerged as a great center in this league and has looked up to Hakeem for a long time. Embiid really does look similar to the Dream, at least with his post moves. The way he spins with the ball and the way he releases his hook shots look incredibly similar. McHale took it a step further with his point a point on Embiid.
“I don’t look at Embiid as a freak of nature,” said McHale. “He is just a really unbelievable basketball player.”
Hakeem was a freak. He did things that many centers in the NBA have never done before. He was a soccer player and way past his youth when he decided to try basketball and just happened to become one of the greatest, if not, the greatest centers of all time.
Former Rockets Coach Kevin McHale on Hakeem Olajuwon and Joel Embiid.