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Hakeem Olajuwon

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon

Profession: NBA Center

United States of America

Biography: From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the NBA for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors.

Olajuwon led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, winning the Finals MVP Award both times.

Born: January 21, 1963
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
Age: 59 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius

Married Life

  • 1996-08-08 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

Historical Events

  • 1993-12-02 Houston Rockets score a 94-85 win over the Knicks at New York’s Madison Square Garden, recording their 15th straight win to start the season; tie Washington Capitols' all-time NBA record 1948-49; streak ends next game
  • 1994-06-22 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1995-06-14 49th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets sweep Orlando Magic in 4 games
  • 1996-08-02 The star-studded United States men's basketball team, Dream Team III, beat Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

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