JaVale McGee's breakout potential

Summer sessions with Olajuwon could help Nuggets center make a leap

Updated: September 14, 2012, 3:16 PM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN the Magazine
JaVale McGeeGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesJaVale McGee spent three weeks this offseason working out with Hakeem Olajuwon.

Hakeem Olajuwon isn't easily impressed. Why should he be?

He has battled against legends -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Michael Jordan -- and trained legends in the making -- Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard.

So when Olajuwon, a two-time NBA champion with the Houston Rockets, says someone can play, the rest of us should believe that the guy can play. And when Olajuwon says someone can be dominant, well, we should take those words very seriously, too.

Which brings us to the point of this story: After working out JaVale McGee for three weeks this summer, Olajuwon said that the Denver Nuggets' young, 7-foot center can be a dominant player.