Not to play, but to coach and advise their big men: Anthony, Amare, Chandler and Camby. New York has run out of excuses as to why they can’t get it done in the playoffs. And it seems chemistry on the court is their only remaining hurdle (now that the PG issue has been addressed with Kidd) and this is why they’ve hired Hakeem.
“They both have to realize that the most important thing is not how great you are individually, you’re remembered for how many games you win. So to get to play with another great offensive player should help you. It should make your job easier. You have to work well together. You can’t be competitors with one another…It shouldn’t be Amare just staying in the post because he can be a scorer in the paint and outside…It’s the same thing for Carmelo. He can score in the post and outside. So if Carmelo is in the post, Amare can be at the foul line and he can make that shot. If Amare’s in the post, Carmelo can make the shot from the free-throw line, too. They shouldn’t be competing against each other; they should be complementing each other. They need each other to win.” – Hakeem Olajuwon