PRO: Is possibly the most beloved Rocket in history.
CON: Can make way more money teaching rookies the Dream Shake.
It’s tough out there for ex-centers. Yes, Bill Russell was a coach once—won back-to-back titles with the Celtics—but Bill Cartwright is still waiting for his second chance and Patrick Ewing is still waiting for his first. For some reason it seems like while other ex-players are seen as able to coach everyone, centers are just seen as big-man coaches. To be fair, Olajuwon has established himself as perhaps the best of those, teaching footwork to everyone from Kobe Bryant to Amar’e Stoudemire. If anything, he’s TOO good—why would he take a pay cut to coach his old squad?