Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon


1/21/1963, Lagos, Nigeria

Birth Name

Akeem Abdul Olajuwon


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    • Hakeem Olajuwon: My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players.

    • Hakeem Olajuwon: All I know is I'm saying this, and somebody's going to read it and say I'm a male chauvinist. That's not the case. It is just different with men and boys with women. It's like raising your kids. Boys are more stubborn. As good, as strong as a mother is, sometimes it takes the father to step in. Oh boy, I can see it now: 'Hakeem is a male chauvinist.' That is not the case.

    • Hakeem Olajuwon: When I watch NBA games now on TV, what I see the most are opportunities for the big men that they are not taking advantage of. That's what I told Tim Duncan when I saw him this year at the Finals in San Antonio. When you go into the lane and they take away the jump hook, just reverse pivot. The baseline is there.

    • Hakeem Olajuwon: I remember at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Shaq always wanted me to show him steps over and over.

    • Hakeem Olajuwon: I always keep a ball in the car. You never know.

    • Hakeem Olajuwon: Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try.