Hakeem Olajuwon or “The Dream,” was born on January 21, 1963. He is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1884 to 2002 he play as a center in the NBA for the rockets and the raptors. He led to the rockets to back to back championships in 1994 and 1995 and was elected as a Hall of Fame. We was listed as 7 ft tall and was considered as the greatest centers ever played.
He was drafted to the Houston rockets in 1984 and was nick named “Akeem The Dream.” He combined with the 7 ft 4 Ralph Sampson to form ” The Twin Towers.” The two led the rockets to an NBA finals in 1986, where they lost six games to the Boston Celtics. When Sampson was traded, Hakeem became the center of attention for the rockets.
He was raised as a Muslim, Hakeem became more into his religion when he changed his name from Akeem to Hakeem. He was the only player in the NBA to win NBA MVP, defensive player of the year, and Finals MVP. In 1996, he became the member of the Olympic gold winner of the United States national team. Then he ended his career as the leagues all-time leader in blocks, 3,830.