June 27, 2014 |
BROOKLYN - In all likelihood, the continuously rebuilding Sixers will be drafting in the first hour next June, too. By then, perhaps schoolboy center Ivan Raab will have developed a nasty case of hammertoe, or rickets or a lingering case of scurvy. Anything, to make him attractive to the Sixers. These days, all they do is acquire big men with health issues. After all, franchise center Andrew Bynum's knees in 2012 begat No. 5 pick Nerlens Noel's knees in 2013, which begat Joel Embiid's balky back and fractured foot, which is what the Sixers bought with the third overall pick last night.
February 15, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Dikembe Mutombo thinks he deserves induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 7-2 Mutombo, the starting center on the Sixers team that played in the NBA Finals, will be eligible beginning in 2015 after his retirement following the 2008-09 season. He ranks second on the NBA's career blocked-shots list (3,256), behind only Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830) and he says surpassing every player but Olajuwon on that list should alone merit inclusion in the Hall. Mutombo was also a four-time defensive player of the year, an eight-time All-Star and twice the league's top rebounder (2000-01)
August 8, 2001 |
Hakeem Olajuwon, in Toronto for the first time since joining the Raptors, is happy to have a fresh start after spending 17 years with the Houston Rockets. "When you've been in a place so long they can take you for granted," Olajuwon said yesterday. The Rockets completed a sign-and-trade agreement Thursday, sending Olajuwon to the Raptors for first- and second-round draft picks. Olajuwon turned down Houston's final offer of $13 million for three years. Toronto offered him $17 million for three years.
August 1, 2001 |
Free-agent center Hakeem Olajuwon turned down the Houston Rockets' three-year, $10.2 million offer, a television station reported last night. Olajuwon's agent, Dan Fegan, told KRIV-TV that Olajuwon has instructed him not to entertain any more offers. "The three primary factors that Hakeem has set forth to the teams he is considering are in order as follows: That he is wanted for what he can do now, not for what he has done in the past. " Olajuwon also wants to play for a team he feels has the best chance to get into the Finals, Fegan said.
July 21, 2001 |
With their three main free agents safely back in the fold, the Toronto Raptors are Dream-ing of adding a fourth. Hakeem Olajuwon is the target, and Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens already has flown to Houston to make his pitch directly to the "Dream. " Olajuwon also got a visit yesterday from Indiana Pacers coach Isiah Thomas and president Donnie Walsh, the Houston Chronicle reported. The newspaper reported the Raptors have discussed a variety of options with Olajuwon's representatives.
July 20, 2001 |
Hakeem Olajuwon might finish his career in Canada if the Toronto Raptors can entice him to leave Houston, the city where he has played for 17 professional seasons and four years of college. Olajuwon met with Raptors officials earlier this week, and they likely are offering their $4.5 million exception. The length of the proposed contract is not known. "I'd have trouble seeing him in another uniform, and that's why we're working so hard to keep him here," Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson said.
March 28, 2001 |
Hakeem Olajuwon is back and the Houston Rockets seem to think they are too. Olajuwon returned from the injured list just in time to show a few of his moves and contribute to a blowout second quarter as the Rockets handed the visiting Utah Jazz their worst defeat of the season, 109-86, last night. "It was great to have Dream back and sharp," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "He's our pillar of strength. He means so much to us. He gives us all an emotional boost. " The Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak and kept alive slim hopes of making the playoffs.
March 16, 2001 |
Hakeem Olajuwon, his season ended prematurely by a blood disorder, said his health would determine whether he returns to the NBA next year. "My position from the beginning of the season was to play out this year and look at all the options and make a decision," the Houston Rockets center said yesterday. "What's important is how realistic is my health. Can this be corrected? To the doctor, this is nothing new, other people have this symptom and can be corrected. " Olajuwon, 38, in the final year of his contract, also did not rule out returning to the Rockets for a 17th season.
February 1, 2001 |
Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon apologized to coach Rudy Tomjanovich and said he would no longer comment on his desire to finish the season with the Miami Heat. "The last couple of weeks, the talk has died down and I want to keep it that way," Olajuwon said after practice yesterday. Olajuwon told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel before Tuesday night's game against the Heat he wanted to make better use of skills this season under a coach like Pat Riley. "That's my goal, really, to get to play with the Heat this year," Olajuwon said.
January 25, 2001 |
As Todd MacCulloch lumbered past Pat Croce before the 76ers game against the Houston Rockets last night, the team president slapped MacCulloch on the shoulder. "Big Todd, man, good luck tonight," Croce said. "It's you against the Dream. " Everyone at the Compaq Center was buzzing about the Dream, Hakeem Olajuwon, who was activated before last night's game after being on the injured list since Jan. 9 with a swollen knee. Olajuwon has been unhappy lately with the evolution of the Rockets and his diminished role.