Lagos to Houston: The Dream

hakeem olajuwon shoots over patrick ewing

Born on January 21, 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon overcame a late introduction to basketball to star at the University of Houston. The cornerstone of the Houston Rockets for 17 of his 18 NBA seasons, "The Dream" led the Rockets to back-to-back championships with his scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking abilities. He was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

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