Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas is a loose cannon, and he is never shy about voicing his opinions on a wide range of topics.
He recently criticized Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon for charging $50,000 for private workout sessions, while also saying the former Houston Rockets superstar hasn’t been good since the 1990s and doesn’t know any moves from the last 20 years.
Former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce fired back, saying that Arenas disrespected Olajuwon while reminding him that his legendary “dream shake” move is still being used one way or another today, per Legion Hoops.
Paul Pierce to Gilbert Arenas:
“You crazy. Put some respect on Dream’s name first of all. That move Dream did on the baseline with the one arm fake layup, they still doing today. Stop it.” pic.twitter.com/chXDtPmQim
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 20, 2023
Olajuwon may not have been the greatest center of all-time, but he was arguably the most skilled one the NBA has ever seen.
At his peak, which came in the mid-1990s, he was regularly putting up well over 25 points a game while notching double-digit rebounds and blocking shots with a controlled fury.
Olajuwon won the regular season MVP award during the 1993-94 season, which also happened to be when he earned his first NBA championship ring, and he led the Rockets to a repeat title the following year during a playoff run that was defined by win after win with their backs against the wall.
Since retiring in 2002, he has made himself available to work with other players on their post moves.
One of his students was Kobe Bryant, who booked lessons with him in the summer of 2009 after winning his fourth ring.
Those lessons took Bryant’s already sterling post game and footwork to an even higher level, as he took him a fifth world championship the following season.NEXT: Analyst Says 1 Celtics Player Can 'Take Over' The NBA Next Season