Today in Sports History: February 23

By Brandon Zhu

In 1992, Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon rejected seven shots in a 90-83 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The game marked him as the sixth player in NBA history to register 2,000 career blocks. The first pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, Olajuwon played 18 seasons total and 17 were with the Rockets. The dominant center thrived in the paint and was also a legendary defender. Olajuwon led the league in rebounding twice and in blocks three times. He is still number one on the NBA All-Time Blocks Leaders list (3,830). Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995, their only two titles in franchise history. In the 1994 playoffs Olajuwon averaged 28.9 points and 11 rebounds. The following playoffs he averaged 33 points and 10.3 rebounds. Olajuwon won NBA Finals MVP both years and averaged a double-double over his entire career.Β  Olajuwon’s other accolades include 12x All-NBA Team selections, 9x All-NBA Defensive Team selections, and 12x NBA All-Star. Olajuwon was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and his no.34 was retired by the Houston Rockets.

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