Hakeem Olajuwon is a former professional basketball player. He is considered one of the best center players. During his basketball career, he earned the nickname “The Dream” as a result of dunking so effortlessly, and his college coach said it “looked like a dream.” Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Lagos, Nigeria 21st January 1963. His parents were Salim and Abike Olajuwon who worked for a cement business in the city. Being the third born in the family of eight, Olajuwon praises his parents for rearing him and other members of the family in virtues of working hard and discipline.
They were taught of honesty, hard work, respect for elders and belief in oneself. Lagos city is composed of many ethnic groups. Olajuwon attended a school where there were all tribes. In his youth age, he was a footballer and played in a position of a goalkeeper. The practice helped in footwork and balancing of magnitude and power in basketball and again assisted in his shock blocking ability. Olajuwon is fluent in French, English, Arabic and Nigerian languages of Yoruba and Ekito.
Hakeem Olajuwon is married to Dalia Asafi, and their marital life started on 8th August 1996 in Houston. They are blessed with two daughters Rahmah and Aisha Olajuwon. In college, he had love engagement with Lita Spencer and had a daughter by the name Abisola Olajuwon.
Olajuwon commenced basketball playing at the age of 17 when he got into a local tournament. In college, he played for the University of Houston where Guys Lewis was the head coach. He was included three times to the Final Four. Between 1983 and 2003, he played for Hoston Rockets and Toronto Raptors in National Basket Association.
Houston Rockets drafted Olajuwon with the first overall inclusion of the 1984 NBA draft that incorporated Michael Jordan, Charles Barkly, and John Stockton. Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson led the Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals but lost in six games to Boston Celtics.
In 1988, Sampson was bought by the Warriors giving Olajuwon unquestionable leadership in Rockets. In 1989 and 1990, he was the leader of the league in rebounding but blocked in years 1990, 1991, and 1993. Although O Olajuwon was almost traded when there was a tag of war in the contract before 1992-93, he stayed in Houston.
The following year, he became the sole player in the history of NBA to win NBA MVP, Defensive player of the year and final MVP awards within one season. In the game of back-to-back championships between Rockets and New York Knicks, Rockets won. In 1996, Olajuwon was in the team of the Olympic Gold medal winning United States National Game and chosen as one of the 50 greatest players in the NBA history.
How much is Hakeem Olajuwon Net Worth in 2017
The total amount earned in salary by Olajuwon in his career life of 18 years is more than 107 million dollars. Hakeem Olajuwon net worth is $220 million US dollars as of 2017.
At the time of his termination of his career, he was the league’s all-time leader in blocks and today is remembered as one of the four NBA players to register a quadruple double. He authored his biography “Living in the Dreams”.