Hakeem Olajuwon reacts to the NBA being named Defensive Player of the Year
Earlier this month, the NBA announced its annual Defensive Player of the Year award would be renamed such as the Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy honoring the Hall of Famer and former Houston Rockets center.
On Saturday, Olajuwon discussed the decision at the Fertitta Center on the University of Houston campus, where “The Dream” watched his former college basketball team. improves to 14-1 this season with a win over the University of Central Florida (UCF).
“This is the crown,” Olajuwon said Mark Berman from Fox 26 Houston. “That sealed my career. It can’t get any higher than that.”
Olajuwon was a back-to-back winner of the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons, and was named to the All-Defensive First Team five times and to the Second Team four times. He is the league’s all-time leader in blocks (3,830), while ranking No. 9 in steals (2,162) and No. 14 in rebounds (13,748).
The University of Houston product was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team in 2021. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Naismith in 2008 and had his number 34 retired in Houston in 2008. November 9, 2002.
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