Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon Essay

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Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon didn’t began playing basketball until he was fifteen years old. Although growing up he dedicated most of his life to soccer, his size quickly earned him a spot in Nigeria’s National Basketball team.(Olajuwon, Hakeem1) After two years of familiarizing his self with the sport, Olajuwon was recruited to play college basketball in the United States at the University of Houston.(Hakeem Olajuwon2) In his first season, Houston made it to the Final Four of the 1982 NCAA Tournament.(HakeemOlajuwon2) Even though they lost, Olajuwon was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.(Hakeem Olajuwon2)
Olajuwon was the third of six children. His parents were ...view middle of the document...

6 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Olajuwon was an instant star in the NBA. He was the first NBA player to record at least 200 steals and 200 blocks in a season during 1988-89.(Hakeem Olajuwon3) He was considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. In Houston, he was nicknamed “The Dream” for his grace off and on the court. Olajuwon combined with Ralph Sampson, together they were known as the “Twin Towers”.(Hakeem Olajuwon3) They led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals. After Sampson was traded in 1988 to the Warriors, Olajuwon became the Rockets undisputed leader. In 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States National team. He was then selected as one of the 50 greatest players in the NBA.
Olajuwon was highly skilled as an offensive and defensive player. His combination of quickness and strength allowed him to guard several people. He was known also for his shot-blocking ability and his amazing talent for stealing the ball. Olajuwon is the only center to rank among the top ten all time steals.(Basketball’s Greatest Stars84)Olajuwon was an outstanding rebounder. He led the NBA in rebounding twice, during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. On offense, he was famous for his shooting around the basket and his footwork. He displayed a variety of fakes and spins moves, they called his signature move “Dream shake”.
One rememberable “Dream Shake” happened in game 2 of the 1995 Western Conference Finals against the Spurs. With David Robinson guarding him, Olajuwon did a cross-over, took it to the basket and faked a layup. Robinson guarding him. Olajuwon did a cross-over, took it to the basket and faked a layup....

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