Hakeem Olajuwon

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Trivia

  • From Nigeria.
  • Played like a crazy guy in college.
  • Drafted ahead of Sam Bowie in the 1984 NBA Draft.
  • Hakeem, then without the knowledge that the letter H existed, helped lead the Houston Rockets to the NBA Finals in only his second year in the league.
  • After the defeat, Hakeem decided to focus only on dominating the regular season for several more years while waiting for other NBA stars to retire or admit defeat to him and join him on the Rockets.
  • Years after his retirement, ESPN.com started spreading lies about his legacy, suggesting other NBA Centers are better than him.

1993-1994 Season

With Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan all out of the league, Hakeem decided to expand his dominance to more than just the 82 regular season games. After winning the NBA MVP award for the season, averaging 27.3 points per game, 11.9 rebounds per game, and 3.71 blocks per game, Hakeem and his band of merry men and former NASA employees met the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals.

Facing the Patrick Ewing lead team from New York proved to be a difficult task. The series lasted a full seven games, and had to endure an OJ Simpson car chase during a game. Hakeem prevailed, allowing OJ half of the television screen, while defeating the Knicks 4-3 and being awarded the NBA Finals MVP award.

1994-1995 Season

With the Houston Rockets adding Clyde Drexler to the team, it became obvious that most of the NBA was admitting defeat to Hakeem. Since Clyde was an old college friend of his, "The Dream" decided to reward him with an NBA Championship victory.

The regular season was more of the same for Olajuwon. He averaged 27.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.85 steals, and 3.36 blocks while shooting 51.7% from the floor. When he went to collect his second MVP award, he saw David Robinson standing in his place. The always humble Hakeem allowed Robinson to keep his award, and even paid to have it re-engraved.

When their two teams met in the Western Conference finals, Hakeem allowed the rest of the Rockets to stay at home since he would be taking care of it all. He averaged 97.3 points, 56.7 rebounds, and .99 smiles while the Houston crowd would chant "MVP".

The NBA finals victory would come with ease this year for Hakeem, as he was matched up against the young Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway. The Rockets swept the Orlando Magic in four games to win their second consecutive NBA Championship, with Olajuwon winning his own NBA Finals MVP Award again.


1995-2001 Seasons

Still played in Houston, and attracted some of the greatest talent in the world to play with him. Charles Barkley joined him in his quest to win an NBA Championship under the agreement that they change their uniforms to have pin stripes. Hakeem allowed it. Hakeem then saw how the uniforms were the ugliest ever to hit Houston and realized that Barkley was not as worthy as Robert Horry and Sam Cassell who came before him.

After Michael Jordan retired for the second time, Scottie Pippen remembered he could not win a title himself and came to Houston. Highlights from the Pippen Year (aka the Strike Season) was his public arguments with Charles and a DWI.

The Raptors Year

Never happened. Hakeem retired a Houston Rocket and all is right in the world.


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