Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born January 21, 1963), nicknamed “The Dream“, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets and, in his last season, the Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.
Olajuwon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest centers, as well as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to working-class Yoruba parents. He was the third of eight children. His parents instilled in him and his siblings the virtues of hard work and discipline.
Olajuwon grew up playing soccer, which helped him develop the footwork and agility that would serve him well in basketball. He didn’t start playing basketball until he was 15 years old, but he quickly took to the sport.
Despite early struggles, Olajuwon knew that basketball was his calling. He said, “Basketball is something that is so unique. That immediately I pick up the game and, you know, realize that this is the life for me. All the other sports just become obsolete.”
Olajuwon was born on January 21, 1963, and is currently 60 years old. He is 7 feet 0 inches tall.
Olajuwon is married to Dalia Asafi and they have four children together. He is a devout Muslim and has spoken about the importance of faith in his life.
Olajuwon has an estimated net worth of $300 million. Over years, he has acquired some real estate properties and reinvest his Money from NBA. He has built a massive net worth and income that both he and his unborn children to come would live to enjoy.
Career and Retirement
Hakeem Olajuwon had a long and successful career in the NBA, spanning 18 seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Houston Rockets in the 1984 NBA draft and quickly became one of the best players in the league. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1993 and 1994, and was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1994. Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to two consecutive NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, winning Finals MVP both times.
Olajuwon continued to play at a high level for several more years, but his production declined due to injuries and age. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2001, where he played his final season in the NBA. Olajuwon retired from basketball in 2002.
In his career, Olajuwon averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.1 blocks per game. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 3,830 blocks. Olajuwon was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016.
Hakeem Olajuwon retired from basketball in 2002 after a long and successful career. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest centers of all time. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots, and he is also one of only a few players to win the NBA MVP award and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in the same season.
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