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Hakeem Olajuwon
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Basketball Player
    (January 21, 1963- )
    Birth name is Akeem Olajuwon
    Played for Houston Rockets (1984-2001) and Toronto Raptors (2001-2)
    First pick in the NBA draft (1984)
    NBA MVP (1994)
    Attended University of Houston
    Nicknamed 'The Dream'
    He was a troublesome and undisciplined player throughout college and his early NBA years.
    He ruined a chance to finish his career in Houston when he played for one year in Toronto.
    He confused many people when he changed his first name from Akeem to Hakeem.
    His NBA title success may have been a result of Michael Jordan's first retirement.
    After he humbled Shaquille O'Neal during the 1995 NBA Finals, Shaq said of him, 'I have no problem with Hakeem being called the best in the game.'
    He is a Nigerian who became an naturalized American citizen.
    He, along with Clyde Drexler, led the University of Houston to three Final Fours, earning them the nickname 'Phi Slamma Jamma.'
    He led the Rockets to two NBA titles (1994, 1995).
    He is a Muslim who strictly observes Ramadan even though its fasting is usually a handicap for Muslim athletes.
    When he retired, he was the only NBA player to be in the top 11 all-time in scoring, rebounding, steals, and blocks.
    He was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1997).
    He is one of the most intelligent athletes, as he can speak several languages and is known for his deep appreciation of the arts.

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