Kristaps Porzingis Burns Defender with Hakeem Olajuwon’s ‘Dream Shake’

Bryan Brandom
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New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis had the best game of his young career, and it came in front of some of the franchise's all-time greats: Patrick Ewing, Willis Reed, and Walt "Clyde" Frazier.

But for at least one play in the winning effort on Tuesday night, it was another Hall of Famer that the fourth overall selection of the NBA draft emulated in scoring two of his 29 points: Hakeem Olajuwon.

Specifically, Porzingis utilized the Houston Rockets great's "Dream Shake" to ditch Charlotte Hornets rookie Frank Kaminsky and hit a fadeaway out of the post.

The Zinger shot 10-of-17 and 2-of-2 from deep to finish with a career-high 29 points, pitching in 11 rebounds and a block, and turning the ball over only once.

Though he's still adjusting to the NBA game, it's happening faster than most expected. And he's confident he can keep putting up those big stat lines.

The Knicks beat Charlotte 102-94.

Ewing is an assistant coach with the Hornets, Frazier is the Knicks cable broadcast's color man, and the legendary Reed was simply on hand to take in the game.


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