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Clutch City: Hakeem Olajuwon

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:38 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


Hakeem Olajuwon was the backbone of the Rockets' championship teams and a two-time Finals MVP.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Stats in 1993-94 season: 27.3 ppg, 3.6 apg, 11.9 rpg, 1.6 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 27.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 10.8rpg, 1.8 spg

His part in Clutch City: The No. 1 pick in the 1984 NBA, the native of Lagos, Nigeria, had become an adopted hometown he-ro at the University of Houston and was the foundation of the Rockets franchise for a decade when he reached full bloom. Leading the Rockets to the first major professional sports championship in Houston history, in 1994 Olajuwon became the only player ever to be named MVP, NBA Finals MVP and De-fensive Player of the Year in one season. He was named NBA Finals MVP again in 1995 when he led the Rockets to back-to-back championships. He was also the first international player ever to be named MVP.

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After Clutch City: Olajuwon was traded to the Raptors for draft picks in 2001, played one season and retired after suffer-ing a back injury. He spends much of his time at his home in Amman, Jordan, where he lives with his family, but also main-tains a home in Sugar Land, Texas. For the past two years has been Player Development Specialist, working with big men, specifically as a mentor to Rockets center Dwight Howard. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.