Ten fun facts about Hakeem Olajuwon
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Olajuwon did not play basketball until he was 15 years old.
He was an instant star in the National Basketball Association (NBA), showing stunning quickness and agility in his game.
He formed one half of Houston's formidable "Twin Towers" duo with 7'4" Ralph Sampson.
Olajuwon became the first player in NBA history to record at least 200 steals and 200 blocks in a season during 1988-89, and led the league with 14 rebounds and a staggering 4.6 blocks per game the following year.Fact 5
Olajuwon became the first player in NBA history to win the Most Valuable Player, Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.Fact 6
Having secured his U.S. citizenship, he won a gold medal with the 1996 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team. Soon afterward, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History as part of a campaign to mark the league's 50-year anniversary.Fact 7
He was named to the All-NBA First Team six times, and to the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times.Fact 8
After leaving the hardwood, Olajuwon reinvented himself as a successful real-estate dealer in Houston and became a instructor for NBA players seeking to improve their moves around the basket.Fact 9
When not tending to business in Houston, he spends his time with his family at a home in Jordan, where he studies the Koran.Fact 10
Olajuwon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, a fitting recognition to the career of one of the game's all-time greats. Go to more people facts ❯
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