LOS ANGELES (CBSla.com) – Yesterday former KCAL Lakers analyst James Worthy said he believes that the Miami Heat is the favorite to win the title over the Los Angeles Lakers despite the acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
Today, Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon, who’s been working out with LeBron James, said he believes the Miami Heat can win three of the next five titles, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel..
“The goal is different,” Olajuwon says. “It’s not to prove a point to people. Now it’s just to take advantage of the opportunity: ‘Can we really achieve something great in the real sense? Can we get three out of five [championships]?'”
Olajuwon’s eyes widen. He leans forward.
The Dream is about to forecast an NBA nightmare.
“That is a very realistic goal,” he says. “In fact, it’s scary.”
Four summers ago, Olajuwon, who mastered the post position in the NBA, helped Kobe Bryant improve his post-game by working with him one-on-one after losing to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals.
A year later, Kobe won his first titles without Shaquille O’Neal. Now, in working with Lebron, Hakeem is making a strong possibility and case for yet another champion emerging after his tutelage.
“Kobe started all of this,” Olajuwon said.
LeBron approached Olajuwon after losing to the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the NBA Finals and it was certainly no coincidence that he won the NBA Title the following year.
In what seemed like a desperate move at the time has paid off and Lebron James and the Miami Heat are defending champions.
Now with the addition of a strong post prescience to his game, Lebron is even more dangerous of a player and the Heat are the odds on favorite to win the NBA Title.
Now while the Lakers have taken the offseason by storm with the additions of Howard and Nash, the defending champions look to begin what could be a potential dynasty.