Most families will happily take in that kind of money and pay off mortgages, student loans or even save up for use in the future. However, there are some individuals who earn incredible amounts of money and do it by playing a sport. Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks signed a $100 million contract in 2010, and he is using some of it to become a better basketball player.
Stoudemire did not perform at an elite level during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, and he wants to make sure he is at his top form come next season. Thus the All-Star will look for guidance from a legend this off-season in hopes of improving his game. Stoudemire has decided to spend $100,000 on basketball training with Houston Rockets’ great Hakeem Olajuwon, Yahoo! Sports.
Stoudemire will spend two weeks with Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston next month. The cost of learning The Dream Shake? $50,000 a week is what we were told. Now, we don’t know of Olajuwon is charging Stoudemire full price, but Amar’e plans to get bang for his buck. He said he plans to memorize every lesson so he can expand his game to include one or two go-to moves on the post.
Olajuwon has helped out some of the league’s greats like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Both of those players returned to the court as more effective athletes, especially in the paint. Stoudemire is one of the most talented big men in the NBA, so learning how to improve his footwork will do wonders for his game.