TORONTO - If the Raptors draft Marshall centre Hassan Whiteside, they might finally get a return on investment from an ill-fated signing of the past.
Hakeem Olajuwon, who took the Raptors’ money but was out of shape and just a shadow of his former self in Toronto, has been working with the promising big man who showed his stuff for the Raptors Tuesday.
Whiteside, the NCAA leader with 5.35 blocks per game, said Olajuwon has helped shore up his game at the other end of the floor.
“He’s showing me moves most coaches don’t even know about,” Whiteside said.
Whiteside said he has even learned how to set up the patented Dream Shake after working on his footwork with the all-time great.
Jack ribs Bosh
Jarrett Jack was a little surprised to hear analyst Jeff Van Gundy call Pau Gasol “the best big man in the game” during the NBA final.
Jack said he immediately texted his teammate and pal Chris Bosh to make sure he heard the news.
“He said he definitely heard it. Just a little motivation to mess with him, keep him on his toes.”
The Raptors will kick off their summer league campaign in Las Vegas Saturday July 10th against the Phoenix Suns. The team will play three other games, before wrapping up
July 17th against the New Orleans Hornets.
Izzo turns down Cavs
Tom Izzo announced his intentions to stay as head men’s basketball coach at Michigan State University, ending any speculation he may leave for the Cleveland Cavaliers.