Hakeem Olajuwon: “Alperen Sengun already has all the basics” | NBA


His leaders had promised him that he would be entitled to private sessions with Hakeem Olajuwon, and it’s done! Alperen Sengun was able to train with the legend of the Rockets, and “The Dream” had devoted this first session to the “spin move”. The former Houston pivot, considered the most technical pivot in history, was the king of the “spin move” to eliminate his opponents or place his “Dream Shake”.

When you measure 2m10 and more, it’s complicated to be flexible on your supports, and to perform a “spin move”. But Hakeem Olajuwon believes the Turk has the basics to make it happen.

“We were finally able to get together, and it was great” explained Hakeem Olajuwon to the local press. “You know, his coach in Turkey told me he was a big fan of me, and he already has all the basics. From now on, we are going to go into specifics in terms of exercises, and it will be pleasant. »

“I think he has a lot of touch, and if he wants to, he could exploit it more”

In the video uploaded by the Rockets, we see Hakeem Olajuwon asking the Turk, via his interpreter: “ The first thing is to know what you want to work on“. Then he reminds her that before working on this or that gesture, you need the technical fundamentals.

« To feel free on the pitch, you have to be a complete player. From what I’ve seen, he’s very strong, and he manages to knock guys back under the panels continues Hakeem Olajuwon. ” But what we need to work on today is ball control and his spin move« .

At first, Hakeem Olajuwon finds him too slow, then little by little, the Turk manages to chain him better and better. Then you have to add the shot or the dunk, and the legend is satisfied with this first session.

“He loves to learn and that’s a great quality. Today, in current basketball, you can’t stay in the same place. You have to move, and know how to play inside, but also outside. I think he has a lot of touch, and if he wants to, he could exploit it more. Like his passing… You know, he’s very creative and very smart. He has confidence in himself. I was also impressed by his agility and flexibility. After the session, I took a picture of him stretching. He is very flexible. »

Alperen SengunPercentageBounces
SeasonTeamMJMinTirs3ptsLFOffDefUntilPdFteIntBpCtPts
2021-22HOU411848.827.770.41.72.94.62.52.80.82.00.98.8
Total411848.827.770.41.72.94.62.52.80.82.00.98.8

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