60 Facts About Hakeem Olajuwon

1. Hakeem Olajuwon had an arranged married to Dalia Asafi in 1996.

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2. Hakeem Olajuwon was named an All-Star 12 times during his career.

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3. In 1984, Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted by the University of Houston.

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4. Hakeem Olajuwon reached the pinnacle of his career in the mid-1990s.

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5. Hakeem Olajuwon left college after his junior year and was selected by the Houston Rockets with the first pick in the 1984 NBA draft.

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6. Hakeem Olajuwon was unfamiliar with basketball until age 15, instead playing association football and team handball in Lagos, Nigeria.

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7. Hakeem Olajuwon played his first 17 NBA seasons in Houston, but he finished his career as a Toronto Raptor.

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8. Hakeem Olajuwon averaged a career-best 27.8 points per game, and again was named Defensive Player of the Year and Finals MVP.

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9. Hakeem Olajuwon emigrated to the United States to play basketball at the University of Houston.

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10. Hakeem Olajuwon arrived in New York City on a chilly October day in 1980.

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11. Hakeem Olajuwon dominated at both ends of the floor, and the Rockets took the seven-game series in four games.

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12. Hakeem Olajuwon was born on January 21, 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria.

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13. Hakeem Olajuwon was the first pick announced by Stern back in 1984.

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14. Hakeem Olajuwon attended the 2013 NBA draft to bid farewell to retiring commissioner David Stern as Stern made his announcement for the final pick of the first round.

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15. Hakeem Olajuwon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2008.

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16. Hakeem Olajuwon has worked with several NBA players, including power forward Emeka Okafor, and center Yao Ming.

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17. Hakeem Olajuwon can add so much, make it easier for the entire team.

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18. Hakeem Olajuwon splits his time between Jordan, where he moved with his family to pursue Islamic studies, and his ranch near Houston.

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19. Hakeem Olajuwon buys in cash-only purchases, as it is against Islamic law to pay interest.

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20. Hakeem Olajuwon has had great success in the Houston real estate market, with his estimated profits exceeding $100 million.

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21. Hakeem Olajuwon played for 20 consecutive seasons in Houston, first collegiately for the University of Houston Cougars and then professionally with the Houston Rockets.

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22. At the University of Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon was a physical education major.

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23. Hakeem Olajuwon wrote his autobiography, Living the Dream, with co-author Peter Knobler in 1996.

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24. Hakeem Olajuwon married his current wife Dalia Asafi on August 8, 1996 in Houston.

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25. Hakeem Olajuwon has referred to basketball as a science, and described his signature move in vivid detail: "When the point guard throws me the ball, I jump to get the ball.

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26. Hakeem Olajuwon established himself as an unusually skilled offensive player for a big man, perfecting a set of fakes and spin moves that became known as his trademark Dream Shake.

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27. Hakeem Olajuwon led the NBA in rebounding twice, during the 1989 and 1990 seasons.

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28. Hakeem Olajuwon averaged 3.09 blocks and 1.75 steals per game for his career.

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29. Hakeem Olajuwon is the only player in NBA history to record more than 200 blocks and 200 steals in the same season.

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30. Hakeem Olajuwon played 7 out of the 8 games and started 2.

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31. Hakeem Olajuwon was highly skilled as both an offensive and defensive player.

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32. Hakeem Olajuwon became a naturalized American citizen on April 2, 1993.

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33. Hakeem Olajuwon was ineligible for selection to the "Dream Team" as he hadn't become a US citizen.

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34. In 1980, before arriving in the US, Hakeem Olajuwon played for a Nigerian junior team in the All-Africa Games.

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35. Hakeem Olajuwon displayed perhaps the most impressive moments of his career during the playoffs.

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36. Hakeem Olajuwon was the first foreign-born player to win the league's MVP award.

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37. Hakeem Olajuwon pulled off a clutch play by blocking the shot as time expired.

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38. Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to a championship in the 1994 NBA Finals in a seven-game series against the New York Knicks, the team of one of Olajuwon's perennial rivals since his collegiate days, Patrick Ewing.

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39. Hakeem Olajuwon finished second in the MVP race to Charles Barkley with 22 votes to Barkley's 59.

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40. Hakeem Olajuwon set a new career high with 26.1 points per game.

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41. Hakeem Olajuwon felt the Rockets had cut corners at every turn, and were more concerned with the bottom line than winning.

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42. Hakeem Olajuwon expressed displeasure with the organization's efforts to surround him with quality players.

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43. Hakeem Olajuwon missed two weeks early in the season due to an accelerated heart beat.

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44. Hakeem Olajuwon recorded a quadruple-double during the season, becoming only the third player in NBA history to do so.

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45. Hakeem Olajuwon put up one of the most productive defensive seasons by an interior player in the history of the NBA.

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46. Hakeem Olajuwon 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.

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47. Hakeem Olajuwon won the 1983 NCAA Tournament Player of the Year award, even though he played for the losing team in the final game.

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48. Hakeem Olajuwon was the best center in the NBA at the time, so I was trying to improve my game against the best.

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49. Hakeem Olajuwon credited this experience with rapidly improving his game: "The way Moses helped me is by being out there playing and allowing me to go against that level of competition.

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50. Hakeem Olajuwon joined the workouts and went head to head with Malone in several games throughout the summer.

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51. Hakeem 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.

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52. Hakeem Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston under Cougars coach Guy Lewis.

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53. Hakeem Olajuwon has expressed displeasure at his childhood in Nigeria being characterized as backward.

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54. Hakeem Olajuwon was born to Salim and Abike Olajuwon, working class Yoruba owners of a cement business in Lagos.

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55. Hakeem Olajuwon ended his career as the league's all-time leader in blocks and is one of four NBA players to record a quadruple-double.

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56. In 1996, Hakeem 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.

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57. Hakeem Olajuwon led the league in rebounding twice and blocks three times (1990, 1991, 1993).

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58. Hakeem 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.

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59. Hakeem Olajuwon was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball career after he dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it "looked like a dream.

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60. Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.

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