Pro Hoops History HOF: Hakeem Olajuwon

Pro Hoops History

Born: January 21, 1963
Position: Center
Professional Career
Houston Rockets (NBA): 1984-2001
Toronto Raptors (NBA): 2001-2002

Befitting a man of a thousand moves, Hakeem Olajuwon has no definitive image, but definitive motions. The nimble footwork he picked up as a soccer player paid enormous dividends on the basketball court. He had a fluidity that defied any attempt to capture it in any single position. Hakeem was always fleeting, like a Dream, across the court and in the post.

Olajuwon could swat any shot, steal any dribble, nail any jumper inside 20 feet, create any move inside 10 feet, escape any double team or trap, he was simply super human on the court.

Ok, well maybe he couldn’t do anything he wanted, but it sure seemed like it. Just let the following box scores course throw your basketball veins…

March 10, 1987: 38 points, 17 rebounds, 12 blocks, 7…

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