Skip to main content

1,000 or more games with the same team

Hakeem_2

Hakeem Olajuwon reached the heights of his NBA career in the mid-1990s. He won several awards in that period, for example, the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992–93 and 1993–94 NBA season. He was also named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1993–94.

His MVP season was crowned in a seventh game of the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks led by Pat Ewing. In this series, he led his team and was named finals MVP. In the following season, he was again a key player who led the Houston Rockets to a second consecutive NBA championship ring and won the finals MVP award as well.

On this date in 1998 Olajuwon became the eighth player in NBA history to play 1,000 or more games with the same team. The game was played in the Washington D.C. Rockets lost the game against Wizards led by Chris Webber and Rod Strickland. There is also one interesting fact, that was the first game in which Hakeem Olajuwon and Ben Wallace played against each other. Olajuwon finished the game with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Big Ben had only 3 points and 6 rebounds. But Webber and Strickland had an excellent game, C-Webb had 36 points and 13 rebounds and Hot Rod 31 points, 15 assists and 5 rebounds. John Stockton is still the all-time leader, he played his entire career in the jersey of Utah Jazz, in more than 1,300 games.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

In the late 90s, Hakeem’s stats were not so great as before, due to the injuries and his age. In 2001 he was traded to the Toronto Raptors, where he played only one season before retiring in 2002. In that period, when the Dream retired, he ranked 7th in career points in the NBA and 11th in career rebounds. He finished basketball career as the league’s all-time leader in blocks. Olajuwon was a pioneer, the first player from Africa to play in the NBA, and was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players in 1996. His Hall of Fame induction at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was in 2008.

michael-jordan-phil-jackson-min

Phil Jackson explains how Michael Jordan did not win games by himself

The "Zen Master" dived into why the 90s Bulls were more than just an MJ show.

shaq-wilt-ralph-sampson-min

"It's a different trajectory to the basket!"-Ralph Sampson explains why big men struggle with free-throws

Sampson explained why greats like Wilt or Shaq never quite managed to improve their free-throw shooting.

Gilbert Arenas blasts Shaquille O'Neal for his criticism on Ben Simmons

Gilbert Arenas blasts Shaquille O'Neal for his criticism of today's players: "Y'all were prima donnas also"

Gilbert Arenas pointed out Shaquille O'Neal's hypocrisy when bashing today's superstar for their off-court behaviour -- mostly, the Ben Simmons saga

LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Eric Snow

Eric Snow on playing with Allen Iverson and LeBron James — “One way or another, I helped them do something”

Eric Snow is happy to have helped two of the greatest players of all time make history

Actor Idris Elba and NBA great Michael Jordan

Why Michael Jordan rejected Idris Elba's pitch to play him in a movie

Elba offered an unexpected angle, and didn't get a straight no...but he didn't get a yes either.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine’s response to Los Angeles Lakers rumors should get fans excited

LaVine and the Lakers seem like a match made in heaven. However, getting him to play for the Purple and Gold is more complicated than expected.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly still hesitant to give Deandre Ayton the max

If Deandre Ayton doesn't get the money he wants, his departure will significantly dismantle the Phoenix Suns' hopes of reviving their championship window