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I'm watching the 30 for 30 about the NC State season when they beat Houston for the championship. Reminded me how freaking good Olajuwan was in the NBA. For a Center, that dude had the best footwork and post moves that the NBA has ever seen. That's all I have to say. Cheers.
The Top 10 career plays from Hakeem Olajuwon, featuring an assortment of dunks, tips and blocks.
Awesome blocks and dunks!
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Phi Slamma Jamma with Clyde the Glide. That was an awesome team and I am still in disbelief that they lost to NC State.
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Hakeem was unbelievable - completely agree with you. Especially during his prime when the Rockets won two straight titles, he really was one of the best centers of all time. David Robinson was a great player, and Hakeem abused him in the playoffs. He's vastly underrated when people talk about the best players that have played in the NBA.
I would feel fine saying he was the greatest center ever. He did something nobody else can really say in winning a championship against Jordan in his prime. Although it was the year he came back and probably wasn't 100% yet. Still The Bulls were in the playoffs that year with Jordan. Hakeem also went up against some great Centers Ewing, Robinson, Shaq, Zo, Mutombo.
I'd probably put Hakeem third behind Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. But I'd put Hakeem ahead of all of those other centers you mentioned.
Yeah I really didn't want to throw the older guys in there. It was a different time and I really haven't seen much footage on them. I understand how dominate they were, it's just hard comparing them to the modern era. If Shaq could have shot a free throw I think he would move ahead of Dream for me anyways. Nobody could really stop him in his prime.
Regarding Shaq, I think that makes it even more disappointing that he was never able to improve that aspect of his game when that was the one missing piece for so many years. I really like his personality and I know he's done a lot of great work with charity, so I like him a lot off the court. But I was honestly never a big fan of him as a player. If he'd had a better work ethic, he could have been the best - or very close to it - player of all time.
More on Shaq - I'm not a big Kobe fan, but I have a ton of respect for him as a player. I'm glad he called out Shaq for not showing up in shape and getting injured as a result of it.
Nobody tops Chamberlain and Russell, IMO. Nobody.
the Dream was a master around the paint. top 5 centers of all time.
Easily. I agree with Todd when he says he's actually still underrated. He was so ridiculously good.
You're talking my lingo around here, The University of Houston Cougars. Hell, I still have my Phi Slama Jama Fraternity sticker I bought from the campus bookstore.
Back then Hakeem went by "Akeem". What great days to be part of the Houston Cougar family.
One cool fact back in those days, the Cougars wore even numbers at home and odd numbers on the road. Akeem wore his trademark #34 at home and #35 away.
Akeem, Clyde, Michael Young and of course Guy V Lewis. Man, Guy belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Great days . . . . man I'm old.
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would love to have seen the rockets vs the bulls if mj didnt "retire."
I completely agree. Those two dominated the league like no big man has since. Hakeem was probably better than both of them offensively (in terms of pure skill; obviously, Wilt scored a lot more), but the way the other two rebounded and defended was unbelievable. And Russell has 11 rings.
That's one of the many things that disappoints me about sports these days. ESPN basically has a monopoly on the industry, and they decide who to market and hype. Hakeem wasn't American born and wasn't flashy as a player, so he's never gotten or going to get much hype. Whereas Shaq couldn't hit a free throw or a jump shot to save his life, but I'd be willing to bet most kids high school age and under think he's the best center of all time.
I didn't know that about the odd/even numbers based on where the game was played. That's pretty cool.
I totally agree. That would have been a heck of a series. Chicago had some decent role playing centers, but Hakeem likely would have abused them. And Houston had a bunch of great outside shooters as well. Rodman hadn't joined the Bulls yet, so Chicago wasn't nearly as tough inside at that point.
Not sure who I'd pick to win in that series. I think it'd go seven games either way. I'd probably give Chicago the slight edge mainly because of Jordan, but wouldn't at all be surprised to see it go the other way.
It really would be a heck of a series. Like you said, the Bulls would have had nobody that could come close to stopping Olajuwon.
Yep. And I was going to say that homecourt advantage might end up being the difference, but both of those teams were outstanding on the road. It's a shame we never got to see that series.
If I remember correctly The Bulls never had a 7 game series in The FInals during that run, they always ended them before it got to that. And they played against some great teams, I don't know how you wouldn't give the edge to The Bulls especially if Jordan was 100%.
This doesn't surprise me at all, because you're a Bulls homer.
Well look who they beat, Magic and Kareem, Clyde with Portland, I guess you could compare that Portland team with Houston and see how they stack against each other.
Really though Hakeem would have to completely dominate. The Bulls could easily give up 30 + points to him and shut down everyone else and still win.
You do realize that your opinion is very biased right? Sports debates are much more fun when 1 can put aside any bias. It would be an incredible series to watch, and it's unfortunate that we never got to see both teams full strength in a series.
It would be I never said they would sweep them or anything. But they would let Hakeem get his and shut down everyone else. You don't think so?
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