Hakeem Olajuwon

This is my project for Hakeem Olajuwon. Created by Joey B. for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade language arts class.

Hakeem's Childhood

Hakeem was born on January 21, 1963. He was the third child of six from his parents Salim and Abike Olajuwon. His family was a middle class family in Lagos, Nigeria. As a Kid, Hakeem played Goalie on soccer and excelled at handball. Hakeem started playing basketball when he was 15.  With many struggles he started getting better.

College Life

Only getting scouted to a handful of teams, Hakeem picked The university of Houston. On his freshmen year he was Redshirted. Not very talented he began working out with Moses Malone, Who influenced his life. In his Sophomore and Junior year he led the Cougars to the NCAA Championship, but they lost both. He left early to go to the NBA.

NBA Life

Hakeem was the first pick in the 1984 draft by the Houston Rockets. He was picked over stars like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. In 1986 Hakeem led the Rockets to the NBA finals against the Boston Celtics. They lost in 6 games. In the 1990 season, Hakeem recorded a Quadruple-double, becoming only the 3rd player in NBA history. In 1994 and 1995 the Rockets won back to back championships. After losing in the playoffs for the next few years, Hakeem went to play for the Toronto Raptors, where he ended his Career.


  • 2× NBA champion (1994, '95)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (1994, '95)
  • 1× NBA MVP (1994)
  • 2× Defensive Player of Year (1993, '94)
  • 6× All-NBA First Team (1987, '88, '89, '93, '94, '97)
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team ('86, '90, '96)
  • 3× All-NBA Third Team (1991, '95, '99)
  • 5× All-Defensive First Team ('87, '88, '90, '93, '94)
  • 4× All-Defensive Second Team ('85, '91, '96, '97)
  • 12× All-Star
  • Olympic gold medalist (1996)
  • Named one of the 50 Greatest Players In NBA History (1996).
  • Olajuwon ended his career in the top ten all-time in blocks, scoring, rebounding and steals He is the only player in NBA history to retire in the top ten for all four categories (he is now 12th all-time in rebounding).
  • Olajuwon was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame as a member of the class of 2008

Theme Of His Life

I think the theme of his life would be to never give up. After failing to get a championship for many years, he didn't give up and won 2 Championships.


Harvey, Miles. Hakeem Olajuwon: The Dream. Chicago: Childrens, 1994. Print.

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3 years ago

What an interesting person to learn about, Joey! 😄