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August 8, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 25, 1993 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The NBA regular season ends today and the writers and broadcasters who decide the postseason awards must hand in their ballots before the start of the playoffs. There are some interesting decisions to be made. Here's a handicapper's look at who will be coming away with some extra hardware for the individual awards this summer: Most Valuable Player: Hakeem Olajuwon, 2-1; Charles Barkley, 5-2; Michael Jordan, 5-1; Patrick Ewing, 6-1. Barkley had the early lead, but sentiment has swung to the Houston center, who has better numbers than Barkley in scoring and rebounding, and is leading the league with more than four blocks per game.
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May 24, 1994 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Proving that they can, in fact, protect a lead as well as build one, the Houston Rockets opened the Western Conference finals last night with a solid 100-88 win over the Utah Jazz. The team that lost big leads and big games to open the previous round hasn't forgotten how that felt. "That will always be in our minds," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "That's why we kept telling everybody to stay aggressive. " Ahead by as many as 22 points in the first half, the Rockets let the Jazz come back within nine points early in the third quarter.
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May 26, 1994 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The night began with Hakeem Olajuwon holding high the most valuable player trophy he had just accepted from NBA commissioner David Stern. It ended with Olajuwon holding aloft the Houston Rockets. Olajuwon - the 7-foot Nigerian center who starred in college at the University of Houston shortly after learning to play the game - engaged in a fourth-quarter duel with fellow billboard Karl Malone and left the Utah Jazz power forward far behind. The Houston center scored 41 points on the night, including 14 in the fourth quarter to lead the Rockets to a 104-99 win and a commanding 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
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September 30, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Hakeem Olajuwon was described as embarrassed, disappointed and still hurting after backing out of his one-on-one matchup with Shaquille O'Neal. The Houston Rockets center, who appeared healthy and mentioned no injury at a news conference in New York Thursday, pulled out of the $1 million contest - "The War on the Floor" at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City - yesterday because of a back injury sustained last week while lifting weights,...
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July 21, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 22, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Washington controlled the tempo, but couldn't contain Hakeem Olajuwon. Olajuwon scored 13 of his 35 points in the final 10 minutes last night, leading Houston to a 128-112 victory over the visiting Bullets that made the Rockets the third team to clinch a playoff spot this season. Seattle and San Antonio locked up spots last week. Olajuwon, who also had 14 rebounds, scored 13 of Houston's points in a 17-9 run that increased the Rockets' lead from 100-91 with 11:15 to play to 117-102 with 4:32 left.
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November 20, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon will undergo further tests after leaving during halftime of last night's 122-93 win over visiting Minnesota with an irregular heartbeat. He walked out of the Summit under his own power. "Hakeem went through this before in 1991. I don't think we're looking at anything of severe magnitude," team spokesman Tim Frank said. Frank said Olajuwon's condition was called atrial fibrillation. Olajuwon underwent an electrocardiogram at Methodist Hospital.
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November 5, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
First, the Houston Rockets celebrated. Then they got to work on another streak. Hakeem Olajuwon scored 19 points, leading the Rockets to a 90-86 victory over the visiting New Jersey Nets last night to successfully begin defense of their NBA title. The Rockets started last season with a record-tying 15 straight victories and won 22 of their first 23 games. "We went into the season as world champions, so that's the way we played," Olajuwon said. Commissioner David Stern gave the Rockets their championship rings in a pregame ceremony that included a laser and fireworks show.
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May 25, 1994 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets, a model for the athletic, versatile centers in the modern NBA game, was voted most valuable player for the 1993-94 season, the league announced yesterday. Olajuwon, who already had been selected as the defensive player of the year, easily outpointed San Antonio center David Robinson and Chicago forward Scottie Pippen in the poll of 101 writers and broadcasters who cover the NBA. "It's a great honor, but it's also only come to me because of the team chemistry and staying together that we have on this team," said the 7-foot Olajuwon, who is from Nigeria.
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June 27, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
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.
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February 15, 2013 | Associated Press
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)
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August 8, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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August 1, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 21, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 20, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 28, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 16, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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February 1, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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January 25, 2001 | By Ashley McGeachy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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