A Look Back at the Career of Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon

Even though the Lakers lost last night at the hands of the Sacramento Kings, there was a small bit of celebration for Los Angeles and their fans. Midway through the first quarter, Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant connected on a one-handed dunk that gave him 26,947 points in his illustrious career, one more than Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.

As Bryant continues to move up the ranks of the NBA’s All-Time scorers, it is important to take a look back at the players he’s passing along the way.

Olajuwon was drafted with the top overall pick in the fabled 1984 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He would go on to become one of the most legendary centers in league history. He helped revolutionize the center position with his trademarked ‘Dream Shake.’ Fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan called Olajuwon the best center of all-time, and he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History back in 1996.

Hakeem Olajuwon’s most well-known accomplishments came back in 1994 and 1995, when he led the Houston Rockets to back to back NBA Finals championships. Olajuwon was the catalyst for both teams, and won NBA Finals Most Valuable Player both times. He finished his career with two NBA championships, two Finals MVP awards, and a regular season MVP that he received in 1994. He was considered one of the best defensive centers of all time as well, and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award twice.

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpQijTpI3Xo

You May Also Like

Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Having a Case of Déjà Vu

The Lakers continue their Grammy road trip tonight against the Nets without…

Frank Vogel Guarding Potential Lakers Adjustments For Game 2 Against Rockets

Heading into the Western Conference Semifinals, much of the intrigue with matchup between the Los Angeles…

Byron Scott Joked He Wanted An Extension If Lakers Drafted Kristaps Porzingis

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers got another look at what they passed up on during the 2015 NBA Draft…

VIDEO: Young Lakers Revel In Early Morning ‘Breakfast Club’ Workouts

Expectations for the Los Angeles Lakers are not high for this upcoming…