The NBA’s most famous Muslim player, genius in his sphere, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, is retired but still shows a great interest to the game as a trainer.
He started to play at the age of 15 and became famous for his speed and incredible skills.
“The New York Times” characterized him as “true creative genius, at this point of his career as powerful an offensive force as anyone of the modern game.”
Best Known For
Olympic Champion 1996, two-time champion of the NBA.
He played at the central position in the Houston Rockets team and later in Toronto Raptors (1984-2002).
He scored 26946 points, made 13747 rebounds and 3830 block shots.
Olajuwon practices Islam. He “studied the Quran every day. At home, at the mosque... read it in airplanes, before games and after them.”
The man was frustrated by Trump’s suggestion to ban Muslims from entering the country. In the interview for “The Houston Chronicle” Hakeem stated that Muslim athletes have “a lot more work to be done” in struggling against “misunderstandings” about their faith.
He is straight. Dalia Asafi became his wife in 1996. They welcomed three children - Abi, Rahmah and Aisha. His daughter Abisola is from the previous relationships.
Worth To Known
Hakeem has five siblings.
His shoe size is 16 US and he was surprised when coming to US that they had appropriate shoes for him. In Nigeria, he wore a smaller size, because there was no way to get the right one.
Everybody considered him to be 7' 11" tall but in “The New York Times” mentioned that he is closer to 6' 10".