Friday September 23, 2011 12:46 PM
Storytellers: Part 5
Bill Worrell and Matt Bullard reflect upon their favorite moments in Rockets' history
HOUSTON - There may never be a professional athlete in Houston, past or present, dubbed with a more appropriate nickname than Hakeem Olajuwon.
¡°Dream¡± is just so fitting, isn¡¯t it?
After all, how else to describe the life of someone raised in Nigeria with a soccer background, only to make the trek across the pond to become one of the best basketball players of all time?
And for that matter, how else to describe the experience of watching this man night after night ¨C first as a raw and unrefined but beastly college player at the University of Houston and then as a fantastic, fear-inducing force of nature for the Houston Rockets ¨C for 20 storybook years as he electrified arenas and elevated a city to champion status?
In so many ways, Hakeem Olajuwon¡¯s playing career was a dream; one so outlandish and improbable that it had to be seen to be believed. Well we saw it all right. And those of us fortunate enough to witness it firsthand received a basketball blessing of the highest order.
Few know that feeling better than Rockets broadcasters Bill Worrell and Matt Bullard. Worrell had a courtside seat for the vast majority of Olajuwon¡¯s basketball exploits while Bullard was even closer, sharing the floor and a locker room with Dream for nearly a decade.
Yes, they have stories. And today they¡¯re sharing a few as part of our wide-ranging roundtable discussion.