ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Hakeem Olajuwon.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajuwon played college ball at Houston as a member of the Phi Slama Jama team that went to the Final Four three times. Hakeem “The Dream” was the first overall pick of the 1984 Draft by the Houston Rockets, and played the first 17 years of his career with the Rockets, winning back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and ’95. (Olajuwon was named NBA Finals MVP both times.) Olajuwon was remarkably versatile, one of the league’s best shot blockers but also one of the greatest post players of all-time — he still teaches post moves to current NBA players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
To celebrate Hakeem’s big day, let’s go the videos…
VIDEO: Olajuwon first pick 1984
VIDEO: Hakeem’s Top 10
VIDEO: Hakeem Highlights
VIDEO: Dream Trains Dwight