Hakeem Olajuwon Speaker Profile
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Hakeem Olajuwon Biography
Known as -The Dream-, Hakeem Olajuwon was born January 21, 1963 and is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon traveled from his home country to play for the University of Houston under Coach Guy Lewis. His college career for the Cougars included three trips to the Final Four. At the time, he spelled his first name Akeem. Olajuwon was drafted by the ++Houston Rockets++ with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA Draft, a draft that included Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton. Olajuwon joined the Houston Rockets and was nicknamed "Akeem The Dream" for his grace on and off the court. He combined with the 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson to form a duo dubbed the "Twin Towers". The two led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals, where they lost in six games to the Boston Celtics. After Sampson was traded to the Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the Rockets' undisputed leader. He led the league in rebounding twice (1989, 1990) and blocks three times (1990, 1991, 1993). Raised as a Muslim, Olajuwon became more devoted to the faith during this period and changed the spelling of his name from Akeem to Hakeem. Despite very nearly being traded during a bitter contract dispute before the 1992-93 season, he remained with the team. In 1993-94, he became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season. His Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks (avenging his college championship loss to Patrick Ewing), and Shaquille O'Neal's Orlando Magic. In 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team, and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He ended his career as the league's all-time leader in blocks, with 3,830.
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Posted on 1 April 2014 | 11:42 am
NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon had an 18-year career with the Houston Rockets, but the architect of the "Dream Shake" post move will spend several days next week training several of the New York Knicks' players in Greenburgh, New York, according to ESPN. The NBA Champion will reportedly fly from his home in Texas, and work out with Amare' Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and...[Read More]
Posted on 8 July 2013 | 6:39 pm
Legendary Houston Rockets player Hakeem Olajuwon will be featured at the upcoming Fiterman Sports Group Autograph and Memorabilia Show in Houston, Texas on Saturday, November 24, 2012. The NBA Hall of Famer will meet with fans and sign autographs in his very first public appearance. The former center spent 18 seasons of his NBA career with the Rockets and was the 1994 NBA MVP and a...[Read More]
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