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Encyclopedia > Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
Position Center
Nickname Hakeem the Dream, The Dream
Height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Nationality  Nigeria /
 United States
Born January 21, 1963 (1963-01-21) (age 44)
Lagos, Nigeria
College University of Houston
Draft 1st overall, 1984
Houston Rockets
Pro career 1984–2002
Former teams Houston Rockets 1984–2001
Toronto Raptors 2001–02
Awards NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
NBA Most Valuable Player (1994)
NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (1994, 1995)
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1997)
12-time All Star
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 1996 Atlanta United States

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Olajuwon played center for the Houston Rockets, whom he led to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995, and the Toronto Raptors. He is widely regarded as being one of the best players of his generation and as perhaps the greatest clutch post player. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nigeria. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Festac Town be merged into this article or section. ... The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, United States. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A professional can be either a person in a profession (certain types of skilled work requiring formal training / education) or in sports (a sportsman / sportwoman doing sports for payment). ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ...


Olajuwon travelled from his home country of Nigeria to play collegiately for the University of Houston. After a standout career for the Cougars, which included three trips to the Final Four, Olajuwon was drafted by the Rockets with the first overall selection of the 1984 NBA Draft, two places ahead of Michael Jordan. Olajuwon combined with the 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson, to form what was dubbed the "Twin Towers" duo. 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 Golden State Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the undisputed leader of the team. He led the league in rebounding twice (1989, 1990) and shot–blocking three times (1990, 1991, 1993). In the 1993-94 season he became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP), Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season. In 1996, Olajuwon assisted in the gold medal-winning performance of the United States national team and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He ended his career the league's all-time leader in blocked shots. The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Image:Ralph Sampson. ... Look up Twin Towers in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1985-1986 NBA season The Boston Celtics won the series over the Houston Rockets four games to two. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... The United States mens national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international mens basketball. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Olajuwon is generally considered one of the five greatest centers to ever play the game, along with Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O'Neal.[1][2] Olajuwon is also a devout Muslim who observed Ramadan throughout his NBA career. He was reverentially nicknamed "Hakeem the Dream" for his grace on and off the court. William Felton Bill Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a retired American professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. A five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a twelve-time All-Star, the 6 ft 9 in Russell was the... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ... The fourth pillar of Islam, which is fasting, is practiced during the month of Ramadan. ...

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Early life

Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, middle-class, Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos, Nigeria.[3][4] He was the third of his parents' six children. He credits his parents with instilling virtues of hard work and discipline into him and his siblings; "They taught us to be honest, work hard, respect our elders, believe in ourselves".[3] During his youth, Olajuwon was a soccer goalkeeper and handball player, which helped give him the footwork and agility to balance his size and strength in basketball, and also – according to himself – contributed to his shot-blocking ability.[5] Olajuwon did not play basketball until the age of 15, when he entered a local tournament.[3] However, he quickly became taken with the game. Olajuwon states, "Basketball is something that is so unique. That immediately I pick up the game and you know realize that this is the sport for me. All the other sports just become secondary."[6] The Yoruba (Yorùbá in Yoruba orthography) are a large ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in Africa; the majority of them speak the Yoruba language (èdèe Yorùbá; èdè = language). ... It has been suggested that Festac Town be merged into this article or section. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... A football goalkeeper leaves the ground to parry a shot on goal In many team sports, a goalkeeper (termed goaltender, netminder, goalie, or keeper in some sports) is a designated player that is charged with directly preventing the opposite team from scoring by defending the goal. ... Handball is the name of several different sports: Team handball, or Olympic/European Handball is a game somewhat similar to association football, but the ball is played with the hand, not the foot. ...


Basketball career

University of Houston and "Phi Slama Jama"

Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis. Olajuwon was not highly recruited and was merely offered a visit to the university to work out for the coaching staff, based on a recommendation from a friend of Lewis' who had seen Olajuwon play.[7] He later amusingly recalled that when he originally arrived at the airport in 1980 for the visit, no representative of the university was there to greet him. When he called the staff, they told him to take a taxi out to the university.[8] While there, his teammates (including Clyde Drexler) and he formed what was dubbed "Phi Slama Jama", the first slam-dunking "fraternity", so named because of its well-known above the rim prowess and tendency to frequently slam dunk the basketball. The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... Guy V. Lewis (born in Arp, Texas, United States of America, March 19, 1922) was a highly succesful NCAA basketball coach for 30 years at the University of Houston. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Phi Slama Jama was the nickname of the University of Houston Cougars mens basketball teams from 1982 to 1984. ... A slam dunk (or simply a dunk) is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air and manually powers the ball through the basket with one or both of his hands, then often grabs the rim shortly after the ball passes through the...

One of only four numbers retired by the University of Houston men's basketball team, Olajuwon's #34 hangs in Hofheinz Pavilion.

After redshirting his freshman year in 1980-81, Olajuwon played sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 1981–82, and the Cougars were eliminated in the Final Four by the eventual NCAA champion, North Carolina Tar Heels. Olajuwon sought advice from the coaching staff about how to increase his playing time, and they advised him to work out with local Houston resident and multiple NBA MVP winner, Moses Malone. Malone, who was then a member of the NBA's Houston Rockets, played games every off season with several NBA players at a local recreation center. Olajuwon joined the workouts and went head to head with Malone in several games throughout the summer. Olajuwon credited this experience with rapidly improving his game, saying, "...when you play against a guy like Moses it can't help but make you better."[8] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 593 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo by Nick Juhasz. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 593 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photo by Nick Juhasz. ... The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... Hofheinz Pavilion is a 8,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Houston, Texas. ... In college sports, a player may redshirt one athletic season. ... A redshirt freshman is one who had his freshman year redshirted meaning that he was on the roster of the sports team, and praticed with them, but was unable to play in games. ... Missing image University of Houston logo University of Houston The University of Houston, often called U of H or UH, is a nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive research university located in Houston, Texas. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... This refers to the athletic teams for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The name Tar Heel is also often used to refer to individuals from the state of North Carolina, the Tar Heel State. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


Olajuwon returned from that summer a different player, and in his sophomore and junior years he helped the Cougars advance to consecutive NCAA championship games, where they lost to North Carolina State in 1983 and a Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown team in 1984.[9] Olajuwon won the 1983 NCAA Tournament Player of the Year award,[10] even though he played for the losing team in the final game. He is, to date, the last player from a losing side to be bestowed this honor. Drexler departed for the NBA in 1983, leaving Olajuwon the lone star on the team. The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... North Carolina State University Seal North Carolina State University is an institution of higher learning located in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-born American former professional basketball player. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on January 23, 1789... At the conclusion of the NCAA mens and womens Division I basketball championships (the Final Four tournaments), the Associated Press selects a Most Outstanding Player. ...


After the 1983–84 season, Olajuwon debated whether to stay in college or declare early for the NBA draft. At that time (before the NBA Draft Lottery was introduced in 1985), the first pick was awarded by coin flip. Olajuwon recalled: "I really believed that Houston was going to win the coin flip and pick the number 1 draft choice, and I really wanted to play in Houston so I had to make that decision (to leave early)."[8] His intuition proved correct, and a lucky toss placed Houston ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers. Olajuwon was considered the top amateur prospect in the summer of 1984 over fellow collegians and future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton, and was selected first overall by the Rockets in the 1984 NBA Draft. It is to his credit that very few have ever criticized Houston for picking Olajuwon ahead of third pick Jordan, who went on to have a spectacular NBA career (in stark contrast to the second choice, Portland's Sam Bowie).[11] The NBA Draft Lottery is an annual event selecting the top picks of the following NBA Draft. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a former American professional basketball player who spent his entire career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA records for... The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... Samuel (Sam) Paul Bowie (Born:March 17, 1961 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is a former American National Basketball Association center who is best known for being selected between Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft. ...


Houston Rockets

Twin Towers

The Rockets had immediate success during Olajuwon's rookie season as their win-loss record improved from 29–53 in the 1983-84 NBA season to 48–34 in 1984-85.[12] He teamed with the 1984 Rookie of the Year, 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson to form the original NBA "Twin Towers" duo. Olajuwon averaged 20.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.68 blocks in his rookie season.[13] He finished as runner-up to Michael Jordan in the 1985 Rookie of the Year voting, and was the only other rookie to receive any votes. The 1983-84 NBA Season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... Image:Ralph Sampson. ... Look up Twin Towers in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ...


Olajuwon averaged 23.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game during his second pro season (1985–86).[13] The Rockets finished 51–31,[12] and advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they faced the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Rockets would go on to win the series fairly easily (4–1), shocking the sports world in the process and landing Olajuwon on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Rockets then advanced to the 1986 NBA Finals where they succumbed in six games to the Boston Celtics, whose 1986 team is often considered one of the best teams in NBA history.[14] Current NBA Playoff logo. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1985-1986 NBA season The Boston Celtics won the series over the Houston Rockets four games to two. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Mid-career

During the 1987-88 NBA season, Sampson (who was struggling with knee injuries that would eventually end his career prematurely) was traded to the Golden State Warriors. The 1988-89 season was Olajuwon's first full season as the Rockets' undisputed leader. This change also coincided with the hiring of new coach Don Chaney. The Rockets ended the regular season with a record of 45–37,[12]and Olajuwon finished the season as the league leader in rebounds (13.5 per game) by a full rebound per game over Charles Barkley. This performance was consistent with his averages of 24.8 points and 3.4 blocks.[15] Olajuwon posted exceptional playoff numbers of 37.5 ppg and 16.8 rpg, plus a record for points in a four-game playoff series (150).[16] Nevertheless, the Rockets were eliminated in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 3–1. The 1987-88 NBA Season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... } The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


The 1989-90 season was a disappointment for the Rockets. They finished the season with a .500 record at 41–41,[12] and though they made the playoffs, they were eliminated in four games by the LA Lakers. Olajuwon put up one of the most productive defensive seasons by an interior player in the history of the NBA. He won the NBA rebounding crown (14.0 per game) again, this time by an even larger margin; a full two rebounds a game over David Robinson, and led the league in blocks by averaging a stellar 4.6 per game.[15] To put that in perspective as of 2007, he is the only player since the NBA starting recording blocked shots in 1973-74 to have averaged 14+ rebounds per game and 4.5+ bpg in the same season. In doing so, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton to become the only players in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding and shot blocking in the same season.[16] Olajuwon also recorded a quadruple-double during the season,[17] becoming only the third player to do so. He also scored a career-high 52 points against the Denver Nuggets on 4/19/1990. The 1989-90 NBA Season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida) is a former NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... The 1973-74 NBA Season was the 28th season of the National Basketball Association. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... A quadruple-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in four of these five categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. ...


The 1990-91 season saw a rebound in the Rockets' record as they finished with a record of 52–30[12] under NBA Coach of the Year Don Chaney. Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points per game in 1990-91, but due to an injury to his eyesocket caused by an elbow from Bill Cartwright,[3] did not play in enough games (56) to qualify for the rebounding title. Otherwise, he would have won it for a third consecutive year as he averaged 13.8 a game (league leader Robinson averaged 13.0 rpg). He did, however, average a league-leading 3.95 blocks per game. However, the enthusiasm from the Rockets' resurgent season was seriously dampened by their playoff sweep at the hands of the LA Lakers. The 1990-91 NBA Season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ... Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... James William Bill Cartwright (born July 30, 1957 in Lodi, California) is a retired American NBA basketball player, a 71 (2. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ...


The 1991-92 season was a low point for the Rockets during Olajuwon's tenure. They finished 42-40,[12]and missed the playoffs for the first time in Olajuwon's career. Despite his usual strong numbers, he could not lift his team out of mediocrity. Since making the Finals in 1986, the Rockets had made the playoffs five times, but their record in those playoff series was 1-5 and they were eliminated in the first round four times. The 1991-92 NBA Season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The Rockets began the 1992-93 season with a new sense of optimism after a full training camp under new coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Olajuwon set a new career high of 3.5 assists per game.[15] This willingness to pass the ball more actually increased his scoring, as it made it harder for opposing teams to double and triple-team him. Olajuwon set a new career high with 26.1 points per game to go along with his usual stellar rebounding and shotblocking.[15] The Rockets set a new franchise record with 55 wins,[12] and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, pushing the Seattle SuperSonics to a seventh game before losing in overtime 103-100. In stark contrast to the previous year, the Rockets entered the 1993–94 season as a team on the rise. They had a good core of young players and tough veterans with a leader in Olajuwon who seemed to be entering his prime. The 1992-93 NBA Season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Rudy Tomjanovich Rudolph Tomjanovich (born November 24, 1948 in Hamtramck, Michigan), nicknamed Rudy T., is best known as a basketball player and coach. ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ...


Championship years

Olajuwon gained a reputation of being a great clutch performer and also as one of the greatest centers of his generation based on his performances in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons.[1] He outplayed centers such as Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, and O'Neal, and other defensive stalwarts like Dennis Rodman or Malone. Many of his battles were with his fellow Texas-based rival David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs.[18] From the 1989–90 season to the 1995–96 season, when both Olajuwon and Robinson were considered to be in their primes, in their 30 head–to–head matchups Olajuwon averaged 26.3 ppg, shooting 47.6% from the field. Robinson averaged 22.1 ppg, at 46.8% from the field. In American sports terminology, clutch means performing well under extreme pressure. ... Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, more commonly known as Dikembe Mutombo (born June 25, 1966), is a basketball player in the NBA, playing at the position of center for the Houston Rockets. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961, in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida) is a former NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


Olajuwon's Rockets finally won a championship during the 1994 NBA Finals in an epic seven-game series against the New York Knicks, the team of one of his perennial rivals since his collegiate days, Patrick Ewing. After five games, the Knicks had taken a 3–2 lead, when the Rockets defended an 86–84 lead in the final seconds of the game. In the last second, hot-shooting Knicks guard John Starks (who had scored 27 points until then) went up for a finals-winning three, but Olajuwon pulled off one of the greatest clutch defensive plays of all time and blocked the shot.[19] In Game Seven, Olajuwon posted a game–high 25 points and 10 rebounds, which helped overpower the Knicks, bringing the first professional sports championships to Houston since the Houston Oilers won the American Football League championship in 1961. Olajuwon dominated Ewing in their head–to–head matchup outscoring him in every game of the series and posting numbers of 26.9 ppg on 50.0% shooting compared to Ewing's 18.9 ppg on 36.3% shooting.[20] For his efforts Olajuwon was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Olajuwon was at the pinnacle of his career. In that year, he became the only player in NBA history to win MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.[21] In so doing he became the first foreign-born player to win the league's MVP award.[22] Olajuwon's recognition was well-deserved, as neither the other starters (Robert Horry, Otis Thorpe, Vernon Maxwell and Kenny Smith) nor sixth man Sam Cassell were considered stars at the time, documented by the fact that Olajuwon was the only Rockets All–Star player that year.[23] The 1994 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1993-1994 NBA season. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-born American former professional basketball player. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... John Levell Starks (born August 10, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American former basketball player who gained fame while playing at shooting guard for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association in the 1990s. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Hartford, Maryland) is an American NBA basketball player. ... Otis Henry Thorpe (born August 8, 1962 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. A graduate of Lake Worth High School, Thorpe was drafted by the Kansas City Kings as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft and... Vernon Maxwell (born September 12, 1965 in Gainesville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1989-2001, with his longest tenure being with the Houston Rockets. ... To see the football player see Kenny Smith (American football) Kenny The Jet Smith (born March 8, 1965, in Queens, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player and current TV announcer. ... Samuel (Sam) James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. ...


Despite a slow start by the team and the erratic behavior displayed by the team's starting shooting guard Vernon Maxwell—which resulted in not only "Mad Max"'s exile from the team, but also Olajuwon's former University of Houston Phi Slama Jama teammate Clyde Drexler's acquisition in a mid-season trade with the Portland Trail Blazers—the Rockets repeated as champions in 1995, led again by the stellar play of Olajuwon who averaged 27.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 3.4 bpg in the regular season. Olajuwon displayed perhaps the most impressive moments of his career when the Rockets faced the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Finals. Recently crowned league MVP Robinson was outplayed by Olajuwon, 35–24 PPG. When asked later what a team could do to "solve" Olajuwon, Robinson told LIFE magazine: "Hakeem? You don't solve Hakeem."[3] The Rockets won every road game that series. In the NBA Finals, the Rockets swept the Orlando Magic, who were led by a young Shaquille O'Neal. The whole basketball world had waited for the matchup of the two great centers, and it was Olajuwon who outscored O'Neal 33–28 PPG. Olajuwon outscored O'Neal in every game,[20] scoring 30+ points in each of the 4 games, and raised his own regular-season PPG rate by a full 5 points whereas O'Neal's production dropped by one.[24] Olajuwon was again named Finals MVP. During the entire 1994–95 playoffs Olajuwon was unstoppable, averaging 33.0 ppg on .531 shooting to go along with averages of 10.3 rpg and 2.81 bpg.[3] As a side note, Olajuwon was again the only All-Star Rockets player.[25] The University of Houston, formerly University of Houston–University Park, is a comprehensive doctoral degree-granting university[1] located in Houston, Texas. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... Philippe Halsmans famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe Life generally refers to two American magazines: A humor and general interest magazine published from 1883 to 1936; A publication created by Time founder Henry Luce in 1936, with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. ... The 1995 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1994-95 NBA season. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Over the course of two seasons Olajuwon had cemented his place in history by leading his team to victory in playoff series against teams led by three centers who are members of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. This is made even more impressive by the fact that none of these players was considered on the downside of their playing careers during this period. In addition, Olajuwon did not have an All–Star teammate to aide him during this period. The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players...


Post-championship period

The Rockets' two-year championship run ended when they were eliminated in the second round of the 1996 NBA Playoffs by the eventual Western Conference Champion Seattle Supersonics. Michael Jordan had returned from a 21-month hiatus in late 1995, and his Chicago Bulls would dominate the league for the next three years (1996–98). The Bulls and Rockets—the two most dominant teams of the mid-90s—never met in the NBA Playoffs. The Rockets posted a 57–win season in 1996-97 season when they added Charles Barkley to their already formidable duo of Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. They started the season an impressive 21–2,[26] and made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing a six–game series to the Utah Jazz. John Stockton hit a clutch game-winning shot in the sixth and final game of the series at The Summit. The Rockets never again came close to the NBA Finals during Olajuwon's career. After averaging 26.9 and 23.2 points in 1995–96 and 1996–97 respectively, Olajuwon's production dipped to 16.4 ppg in 1997–98.[15] After losing in the first round in five games to the Jazz in 1998,[27] Drexler retired. In 1998–99 the Rockets acquired veteran All-Star Scottie Pippen formerly of the Bulls, and finished 31–19 in the lockout shortened regular season. Olajuwon's scoring production rose to 18.9 ppg,[15] and he made his twelfth and final All-NBA Team.[16] However, they lost in the first round again, this time to the Lakers.[28] After the season Pippen was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, leaving the aging Olajuwon and Barkley to lead the team. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a former American professional basketball player who spent his entire career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA records for... The Summit stands among the high-rise office buildings of Greenway Plaza, ca 1995 The Summit, later named the Compaq Center, was a multi-purpose sports arena in Houston, Texas. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... A lockout is a work stoppage in which an employer prevents employees from working. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


After the 1993 season, Olajuwon became a naturalized American citizen.[16] This enabled him to be a part of the Dream Team 3, the famed U.S. men's basketball team that went on to win the gold medal during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The United States mens national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international mens basketball. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, United States. ...


Toronto Raptors

Houston began to rebuild, bringing in young guards Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis, the 2000 Co–Rookie of the Year. On August 2, 2001,[29] Olajuwon was traded to the Toronto Raptors for draft picks (the highest of which was used by Houston to draft Bostjan Nachbar at #15 in the 2002 NBA Draft), where he played his final NBA season, averaging career lows of 7.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game,[29] before retiring. Olajuwon retired as the all–time league leader in total blocked shots with 3,830, although shot blocking did not become an official statistic until the 1973-74 NBA season. Shortly after his retirement, his #34 jersey was retired by the Rockets. Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977 in Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA. He is nicknamed Stevie Franchise and self-described as Steve-O. // Francis transferred to the University of Maryland in 1998 for his junior season after two highly... August 2 is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Bostjan Nachbar (born April 3, 1980 in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia) is a professional basketball player in the NBA, originally from Slovenia. ... The 1973-74 NBA Season was the 28th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Player profile

Olajuwon was a legitimate two-way threat, being effective on both ends of the floor. On his own half of the hardwood, he was a standout defender (he was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year winner) and thwarted opponents with his shot-blocking ability, averaging 3.09 blocks per game in his career.[29] He was quick enough to defend guards at the perimeter in clutch situations and was also an excellent ball-thief, averaging 1.75 steals per game in his career.[29] Olajuwon was also a prolific rebounder, averaging 11.1 rebounds per game in his career,[29] and leading the league in rebounding twice. The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ...


On offense, Olajuwon was famous for his soft touch around the basket and his footwork combined with a vast array of fake moves, highlighted in his signature Dream Shake (see below). He was a prolific scorer, averaging 21.8 points in his career,[3] and an above average offensive rebounder, averaging 3.3 offensive rebounds per game in his career.[3] Beyond this, Olajuwon could "put the ball on the floor" and dribble with guard-like quickness.[30] He is also one of only four players to have recorded a quadruple-double, illustrating his versatility. This is the list of dance terms that are not names of dances or types of dances. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A quadruple-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in four of these five categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. ... A five-by-five is where a basketball player gets at least five points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals in one game. ...


Beyond statistics, Olajuwon was also known to step up his game in clutch moments. He was twice named NBA Finals MVP and he outplayed the best centers (i.e. David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal or Patrick Ewing) of his generation at clutch times in head-to-head matchups.[20] In American sports terminology, clutch means performing well under extreme pressure. ...


Dream Shake

"The best footwork I’ve ever seen from a big man"
Pete Newell[5]

Offensively, Olajuwon established himself as a great finesse player, perfecting a set of fakes and spin moves that became known as his trademark Dream Shake. Executed with uncanny speed and power, they are still regarded as the pinnacle of "big man" footwork.[5] Shaquille O'Neal stated: "Hakeem has five moves then four countermoves, that gives him 20 moves."[3] The Dream Shake made Olajuwon near-unguardable for most of his career, because "big men" were too slow and guards too weak to stop him. Olajuwon himself traced the move back to the soccer playing days of his youth, "The Dream Shake was actually one of my soccer moves which I translated to basketball. It would accomplish one of three things: one, to misdirect the opponent and make him go the opposite way; two, to freeze the opponent and leave him devastated in his tracks; three, to shake off the opponent and giving him no chance to contest the shot."[5] Peter F. Pete Newell (born August 3, 1915 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a former college mens basketball coach. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey), frequently referred to simply as Shaq (pronounced shack), is an American professional basketball player, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


The Dream Shake was extremely difficult to defend, much like the sky hook of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[5] The Dream Shake's closest modern equivalent comes from Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace (earlier in his career), whose moves have less variety and include some perimeter action. Kent Benson attempting a hook shot for the Indiana Hoosiers, 1977 For the cricket maneuver, see Batting (cricket). ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976)) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Minnesota Timberwolves. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ...


One particularly standout Dream Shake came in the 1995 Western Conference playoff series against rival David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, who was voted the season MVP. With Robinson guarding him, Olajuwon crossed over from his right hand to his left, drove to the basket, and faked a layup. Robinson, who was an excellent defender, kept up with Olajuwon and did not fall for the fake, remaining planted. However, Olajuwon spun counterclockwise and faked another layup. Robinson took the bait this time and jumped to block the shot.With Robinson caught in the air, Olajuwon performed an up-and-under move, scoring an easy basket.[31]


Personal life

Olajuwon married his current wife Dalia Asafi on August 8, 1996 in Houston.[32] They have two daughters, Rahmah and Aisha Olajuwon. Olajuwon also has a daughter with his former wife and college sweetheart Lita Spencer named Abisola Olajuwon.[33] who represented the West Girls in the McDonalds All American Game and is currently is on the women's basketball team at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to English, Olajuwon is fluent in many other languages, such as French, Arabic, and the Nigerian languages of Yoruba, Igbo and Ekiti.[22] "Olajuwon" translates to "always being on top" in Yoruba.[3] With co-author Peter Knobler, Olajuwon wrote his autobiography, Living the Dream, published in 1996. is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Alon Abisola Arisicate Ajoke Olajuwon, better known as Abi Olajuwon (born July 6, 1988), is an American female college basketball player for the Oklahoma Sooners. ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma founded in 1890. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... Igbo is a language spoken in Nigeria by around 18 million people (1999 WA), the Igbo, especially in the southeastern region once identified as Biafra. ... Ekiti State is an inland south-western state of Nigeria. ... Yoruba (native name ede Yorùbá, the Yoruba language) is a dialect continuum of West Africa with over 22 million speakers. ...


Olajuwon, who endorsed a sneaker made by Spalding which retailed for $35, is one of the very few known players in any professional sport to endorse a sneaker not from Nike, Reebok, Adidas, or other high retail brands. As Olajuwon declared: "How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?" he asks. "She can't. So kids steal these shoes from stores and from other kids. Sometimes they kill for them."[34] Nike, Inc. ... Reebok International Limited is an English producer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories and is currently a subsidiary of Adidas AG. The name is the Afrikaans/Dutch spelling of rhebok, a type of African antelope or gazelle. ... Adidas AG (ISIN: DE0005003404) is a major German sports apparel manufacturer, part of the Adidas Group, consisting of Reebok sportswear company, Taylormade golf company, Maxfli golf balls, and Adidas golf and is the second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world. ...


Muslim faith

In Olajuwon's college career and early years in the NBA, he was often undisciplined, talking back to officials, getting in minor fights with other players such as Magic Johnson, and amassing personal fouls. But later, Olajuwon took an active interest in spirituality,[35] becoming a more devout Muslim. On March 9, 1991, he altered his name to the proper Arabic spelling, saying, "I'm not changing the spelling of my name, I'm correcting it".[36] He later recalled, "I studied the Qur'an every day. At home, at the mosque...I would read it in airplanes, before games and after them. I was soaking up the faith and learning new meanings each time I turned a page. I didn't dabble in the faith, I gave myself over to it."[36] Olajuwon was still recognized as one of the league's elite centers despite his strict observance of Ramadan (e.g., abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours for about a month), which occurred during virtually every season of his career. Olajuwon was noted as sometimes playing better during the month, and in 1995 he was named NBA Player of the Month in February, even though Ramadan began on 1 February of that year [3][37] He also gained recognition for his sportsmanship and his charitable pursuits. In 1994, after receiving his MVP award, he spoke at the ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Convention.[38] He is a hero to many Muslim youth throughout the United States.[38] Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Arabic is a Semitic language. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The fourth pillar of Islam, which is fasting, is practiced during the month of Ramadan. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), based in Plainfield, Indiana, USA, is an umbrella group that describes itself as the largest Muslim organization in North America. ...


Post-NBA life

Olajuwon played for 20 consecutive seasons in the Houston area, first collegiately for the Houston Cougars and then the Rockets.[3] He still maintains a home in the area,[5] and is considered a local icon and one of Houston's most beloved athletes.[39] Olajuwon has had great success in the Houston real estate market, with his estimated profits exceeding $100 million. He buys in cash-only purchases, as it is against Islamic law to pay interest.[40] Since his career ended Olajuwon spends most of his time in Jordan where he moved with his family to pursue Islamic studies.[5] He returns once or twice a year to visit his friends and former teammates such as Sam Cassell and Robert Horry, whose careers he follows.[5] He keeps in regular phone contact with former Cougars and Rockets teammate Clyde Drexler.[5] Missing image University of Houston logo University of Houston The University of Houston, often called U of H or UH, is a nationally recognized doctoral degree-granting, comprehensive research university located in Houston, Texas. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ... Sharia (Arabic: transliteration: ) is the body of Islamic law. ... Riba is the (Arabic: ربا ) term for intrest, the charging of which is forbidden by the Quran here, among other places: And that which you give in gift (loan) (to others), in order that it may increase (your wealth by expecting to get a better one in return) from other... Samuel (Sam) James Cassell (born November 18, 1969 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Hartford, Maryland) is an American NBA basketball player. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ...


In the 2006 NBA offseason, Olajuwon opened his first Big Man Camp, where he teaches young frontcourt players the finer points of playing in the post. While Olajuwon never expressed an interest in coaching a team, he wishes to give back to the game by helping younger players. When asked about how the league was becoming more guard-oriented and whether big men were being de-emphasized, Olajuwon responded, "For a big man who is just big, maybe. But not if you play with speed, with agility. It will always be a big man's game if the big man plays the right way. On defense, the big man can rebound and block shots. On offense, he draws double-teams and creates opportunities. He can add so much, make it easier for the entire team."[41] Olajuwon has worked with several NBA players such as power forward Emeka Okafor,[42] of the Charlotte Bobcats, and center Yao Ming of the Rockets, among others.[43] He also runs the camp for free.[41] Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor, abbreviated as Emeka Okafor (born September 28, 1982, in Houston, Texas), is an American professional basketball player playing at power forward and center for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ...


Olajuwon will be eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. It is considered a foregone conclusion that he will be inducted, as every member of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list who is eligible has been inducted. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Accolades

  • 2x NBA champion (1994, '95)
  • 2x NBA Finals MVP (1994, '95)
  • 1x NBA MVP (1994)
  • 2x Defensive Player of Year (1993, '94)
  • 6x All-NBA First Team (1987, '88, '89, '93, '94, '97)
  • 3x All-NBA Second Team ('86, '90, '96)
  • 3x All-NBA Third Team (1991, '95, '99)
  • 5x All-Defensive First Team ('87, '88, '90, '93, '94)
  • 12x All-Star
  • Olympic gold medalist (1996)
  • Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
  • Only player in NBA history to have won MVP, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season (1994).[21]
  • One of the 4 players in NBA history to have ever recorded a quadruple-double.[3]
  • Olajuwon also won the rebounding and blocked shots titles in 1989-90, becoming the third player ever (after Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton) to lead the league in both categories during the same season.[29]
  • All-time leader in blocked shots. (note: the NBA did not keep statistics for blocked shots until the 1973-74 season)
  • Olajuwon is also in the top ten in blocks, scoring, rebounding, and steals. He is the only player in NBA history placed in the top ten for all four categories.
  • All-time NBA Playoffs leader in total blocks with 472 and blocks per game with 3.3 per game.[44][45]
  • Olajuwon ranks 7th all-time in steals and is by far the highest ranked center. (note that steals were not recorded until the 1973-74 season)[46]
  • In 1989, Olajuwon had 282 blocks and 218 steals, becoming the only NBA player to record over 200 blocks and 200 steals in a season. [18]
  • Olajuwon is one of few players to record more than 200 blocks and 100 steals in a season. As the all-time leader in this feat, he did it for 11 seasons (consecutively from the 1985-86 season to the 1995-96 season). The next closest is David Robinson, who did it for 7 seasons.[47][48]

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External links

  • NBA.com Biography
  • NBA.com Player Page
  • 1994 Interview with Spike Lee
  • Hakeem Olajuwon video interview after he was drafted #1 overall in 1984. via nba.com
  • Hakeem Olajuwon video interview about his Big Man Camp at nba.com
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