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Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  68 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Hakeem the Dream

A lot of attention has been paid to the shifty ballhandlers and freakishly athletic forwards on these posts, time for some big man appreciation. With the greatest footwork of any big man in the history of the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon was a site to see on the basketball court. Not many centers could keep up with him on the offensive end and his shot-blocking ability was uncanny. Check out his average stat line from the ’89-’90 season: 24 pts, 14 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 2 steals, and 3 assists….. a game!!!! That’s absurd. Peep the video.
-Schneezy

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  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    thanks for that Slam.. my favourite player of all time, and he’ll always be exactly that.

  • Reflex

    Greatest Centre/Big man of all time. All time Top 5 player. Absolute legend and it was always a pleasure to watch him play. Not enough superlatives for this guy.

  • http://jayshealthycoffee.com Jay

    Nuff said right there. What people don’t know is he coached Kobe on post moves before last season. That’s where Kobe got those new post moves. Don’t remember? Check the tape

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    One of the top 2 or 3 greatest big men ever. The DREAM!

  • kh

    A rare breed indeed! A Dream to watch.

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    Dream! My fav player all-time. The dude that made me love basketball as a kid

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    my favorite center..

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    stfu Jay, people know that and there is no comparison possible even though kob started last season almost always on the block, when Pau came back, he gave it up…DREAM IS FU#KIN INSANE TO WATCH!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If MJ doesn’t try out baseball, does Hakeem get a couple rings? Hmmm, Hakeem was a great player though.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Its funny that Ewing is getting embarrassed on all of the “For Old Time’s Sake” videos.

  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    yea, Ewing has been getting owned in these posts. Gotta give him credit for going after it and not puss*ing out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    J Posted: Jul.23 at 11:11 am
    my favorite center..

    TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon Posted: Jul.23 at 11:11 am
    stfu Jay,
    I almost thought this was the convo. hahaa

  • ceb

    Hakeem is amazing. He’s probably one of the most skilled big men of all time, considering his skill on both offense and defense. That stat line is sick. And his post moves aren’t just effective, they’re beautiful. Olajuwon is a joy to watch.

    Oh, and that last play on Robinson was made of all things awesome.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    lol @ niQ.. I think “J” and “Jay” are different.. Haha no worries im cool.

  • DrJ

    Pretty sure, David and Pat are not big fans of this video…

  • unrel

    my brother and i had a small court in our drive way.. just a key.. so even though we’re 5-footers.. growing up.. we were always big men.. i would copy all of the dream’s post moves.. but number 1 on the countdown… that’s the epitome of his game.. unstoppable..

  • bg

    Look at the top play you can see Cassell exploding of the bench but on the replay he is on the court.

  • Overtime

    Absolute favourite, top 5, what a guy, what a legend, THE DREAM!

  • Ronald

    @Jay: Dude, you FAIL. Awesome Vid, I feel sorry for D-Rob, he did look genuinely frustrated.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    THE BEST CENTER EVER!!! THEIR NEEDS TO BE MOVE HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS DREAM SHAKE

  • orl.chris

    I wish my boy dwight would take some time to learn some moves from the goat of centers. Hahkeem was the best

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    complete package. except for shaq’s brute force. most skilled big man i’ve ever seen. nowadays guys only know how to dunk if they’re tall (non european). or are pretty slow. he has speed, skill, defense… amazing player. drob was good too. but compared to him makes him seem second tier (if ever so slightly).

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @orl.chris i wish that he could pick up some other moves at all..

  • http://www.twiter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Its crazy how Dream is usually left out of the greatest player conversations. He wasn’t just one of the greatest Centers, he’s top 10 overall.

    D.Howard is just not nimble enough to make those kind of moves. Even Pat Ewing was more nimble than him. He needs to lay off the weights and do some pilates or something.

  • The D Train

    Olajuwon was the best center post Kareem and pre-Shaq (and was infinitely more skilled than Shaq, but lacked his size…dude’s footwork and moves are cannot be paralleled). And I don’t think it’s even close. Notice that in that clip, half of the highlights were against Ewing, Robinson and Shaq? Big man put in his work against the best, and usually put them on their back. I love me some Dream, baby! Get out the fire hose, baby!

  • The D Train

    ***”are cannot be”…just wow. apparently Dream’s moves left me so stupefied that I cannot think or type coherently.

  • Fat Lever

    For the SAT inclined: Hakeem :: Robinson and Ewing as Jailhouse Le$bians :: Lindsay Lohan.

  • duane moore

    would honestly take the dream over any other bigman ever, dude was a video game player in real life during the modern era,his overall game was mind blowing,I’m not even pole riding,this is real talk.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    loved that #10. two sick defensive plays in a row? also, dream was looking like a 7 foot point guard with his handles and shakes. #1 is always etched in my memory. it’s crazy to see steph curry (and rondo) do that fake underhand layup – spin – off the glass nowadays, but to see a center do that? unbelievable. i really wish hakeems rockets played jordans bulls in the finals

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    He had by far the best footwork of any big man thats ever played. Unbelieveable quickness for his size. Top 10 player all-time in my opinion.

  • JTaylor21

    From a pround countryman, Hakeem is the greatest center to play this game with Kareem right behind, shaq, wilt, and Moses not so far behind. Dude was everything u wanted in a center and more. Also the greatest two-way play in league history. It would’ve been intresting to see the rockets and bulls play in the finals just once. It is also funny that the rockets didn’t make it to the finals until MJ retired the first time.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    after that spin move I think Ewing is still looking for Hakeem.

  • http://fdsjklfl.com Jukai

    IAMORANGE4EVER: No, Hakeem doesn’t win if Jordan stays in bball… but let’s appreciate the fact that he DID win when Jordan quit. Look at Hakeem’s team: he was the only star on his team, by a longshot. Perhaps the second or third worst team to ever win a title in the NBA, and that was all Hakeem.
    Kobe couldn’t win without another superstar.
    Lebron couldn’t win without another superstar.
    Hakeem did.
    Appreciate.

  • Trout

    Does no one on here feel sorry for David Robinson he featured in a lot of those clips and not in a good way…

  • J.G.

    NUMBER 5 is the nastiest block i’ve ever seen in my life hands down

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    One of the most graceful centers of all time, light on his feet, and could pump-fake anyone into the opposite direction.. @Jukai- young Sam Cassell and Robert Horry were playing pretty well at that time. Wouldnt call them superstars, but were playing on a different level in those playoffs..

  • J.G.

    I heard a rumor that to this day David Robinson is still confused from that number 1 play lol

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Favourite center of all-time.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    jukai, what about drexler and the second ring? also, not superstars, but dream had a very strong supporting cast in horry, maxwell, cassell. but i do recognize that he didn’t have a bonafide second star for the first championship. kinda sucks that he’s underrated in all-time talks (russell, wilt, kareem…)

  • The D Train

    You know, I find it interesting how Hakeem doesn’t necessarily get the ink in the all-time greats conversation that others may, but the comments on here show the man gets the true love he deserves. For all the pissing, moaning and bickering amongst fans on here, the Slam community is full of people that obviously love the game and can appreciate greatness. All of our Kobe/Lebron scuffles will be long forgotten when those cats are retired, and we can look back on them just as fondly as we do with dudes like Olajuwon and Pippen.

  • The D Train

    davidR: You know how the Rockets were constructed? Look at today’s Orlando Magic. Horry, Maxwell, Cassell, Mario Elie, etc. were all outside shooters. Kick the ball into Hakeem, and if he couldn’t score it, kick it out for open jumpers. Obviously the difference between Houston then and Orlando now is that Howard is nowhere near the technician or offensive weapon that Dream was.

  • andrew

    drob’s career was never the same after being bamboozled by the Dream.

  • Anthony

    Best center of all time. And im a Spurs fan.

  • The Philosopher

    To The Masses:
    Kareem Abdul – Jabbar is the greatest center who’s ever lived. Period.

  • BeEqual

    Nothing but respect for the Dream. The Jazz met the Rockets regularly in the playoffs while growing up and it was always a pleasure to watch Hakeem put in his work. Even if it was for the opposing team.

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    Bout time for this! Robert Pack got an old skool mix before the Dream !
    Top 5 Centers All Time
    1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    2.Bill Russell
    3. Wilt Chamberlain
    4. Hakeem Olajuwon
    5. Shaq Oneal

  • The Philosopher

    Shanoooooo:
    Good list.
    1. Kareem Abdul – Jabbar
    2. Hakeem olajuwon
    3. Shaquille O’Neal
    4. Wilt Chamberlain
    5. Bill Russell
    Just my opinion.

  • The D Train

    Shanoooooo and Philosopher both nailed the top 5 centers list. I’m not sure about order because I cannot speak on Kareem, Wilt or Russell. I saw bald, bespectacled, lumbering Kareem, so I refuse to judge him on those final years. Saw Dream and Shaq from the jump and I don’t know that you couldn’t list them as 4a and 4b or higher, but I’d have a hard time picking one over the other. Shaq was more dominant, but Hakeem was more skilled. When motived, you couldn’t stop either one. Dreams absolute decimation of Robinson in David’s MVP season was something to behold. Now that was competitive greatness shining through so bright you had to shade your eyes (sorry for breaking into a Walton’esque moment for a second there).

  • JTaylor21

    respect your list the philosopher but its-
    1. Hakeem
    2. Kareem
    3. Russell
    4. Shaq
    5. Moses Malone
    People forget how dominant Moses was in his prime, just watched some of the 80s finals between him and kareem and dude was a straight nightmare on elm street. Also, andrew toney has the be one of the most underrated guard in history.

  • http://fdsjklfl.com Jukai

    It really all depends on what your criteria is. Personally, I think “best” and “greatest” are vastly different.
    The BEST centers of all-time go like this:
    1. Wilt
    2. Kareem
    3. Hakeem
    4. Shaq
    5. Russell
    but the GREATEST centers of all-time go like this:
    1. Kareem
    2. Wilt
    3. Russell
    4. Hakeem
    5. Shaq
    Defining the “best” means you have to factor in skill as the defining characteristic. It was very hard deciding whether to put Kareem on Hakeem as two/three…. Kareem was a superior offensive player, but defensively it’s not even close… so I used the deciding factor as longevity.
    “Greatest” is different. Championships and personal accolades go on equal grounds with skill and longevity and dominance. Wilt, who I unequivocally believe was the best of all time, lowered himself since he never would sacrifice himself for championships. Kareem’s six rings put him higher. Russell, even though he probably isn’t in the class of the other four guys, was the ultimate leader and teammate and his eleven put him to the point where I almost want to put Wilt on top.
    Moses Malone, for what it’s worth, would be six, maybe seven if I’m feeling D-Rob that day.
    And co-sign on the Andrew Toney stuff.

  • logues

    the only other guy to even come close to having the smooth post moves and the “dream shake” is kg.

  • http://fdsjklfl.com Jukai

    logues: Kevin McHale would like a word with you.

  • total scrotal implosion

    He made it to the finals in 86, beating lal along the way. Mike played in 95, bulls lost to orl, who were then swept by houston. Hakeem was the best center of all time. Best shot blocker of all time. Top 5 all time, no question.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    “MVP, hmm? Step inti my office, Mr. Admiral. Let me show you how we treat so-called MVP’s in the Naija”. *Hakeem proceeds to lay down the B-Ball version of whoop ass on Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood.* Dreamshake, baby!

  • Jason T

    The title of this article should have been..”For Old Time’s Shake”

    also, Ewing gets dunked on again. heeeee

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Speaking of great centers, Did anyone else see Chris Dudley’s debate? (hes running for gov. of Ore). They tried to make him look bad for being an athlete turned canidate.. He was my friend on facebook for a minute, but I wanted to see b-ball stuff, and all of his posts were about diabetes.. So I removed him..

  • JD

    Sheeet! I almost forgot that the Dream could jump like that!

  • nastierthanu

    Saw him play pickup at on campus at univ of houston in 1991 dude was straight yoke, but vernon maxwell was chaos. So fast with the ball. Unreal speed. Hakeem’s brother was garbage and otis thorpe was jacked up 2.

  • sample

    when duncan retires the lineage of great big men will also end.. too bad..

  • Ronald

    It’s kinda sad that the new age big men all go and get jacked up before learning post moves and getting a decent jump shot. Probably the whole Shaq effect so it’s hard to blame them.

  • Ronald

    @The Philosopher:
    No.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    What people don’t realize what the season that DRob won the MVP, Hakeem took it as a challenge to his game (he won MVP the season before). Not saying he took it personally, he was just that competetive. I remember reading/hearing him say one time that David didn’t actually win his MVP, he was just borrowing it for a while. Then he proceeded to dismantle him in the WCF. That was the kind of badass Mr. Olajuwon was. All time great.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    **…don’t realize was**

  • http://sdfkjlf.com Jukai

    Melvin Ely: Didn’t exactly happen as you said. Hakeem was competitive and all, but the quote came when Hakeem and Robinson met in the second round, and David Robinson was awarded his MVP trophy. During his acceptance speech, he thanked all his opponents, and he went and named all these great big men of the game— except Hakeem.
    Hakeem was really PO’d, and in the locker room, he was telling everyone that David Robinson had his trophy and he was gonna take it back.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ ROFL yeah, gotta love The Dream.
    @ bg: Nice of you to notice that! hahaha. They always try and edit that type of stuff in to make it seem like the bench is going crazy.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    Anyone remember Hakeem’s shoe, made by Spalding. According to wikipedia, it sold for $35 dollars, and Hakeem stated:”How can a poor working mother with three boys buy Nikes or Reeboks that cost $120?…She can’t. So kids steal these shoes from stores and from other kids. Sometimes they kill for them.” Classy guy.

  • giogolo

    the greatest and the best centers post made my head spin a bit. it made NO sense at all..at all. at all. at all.

  • Stillballin

    The best center with the best foot works ever..

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