On this date in 1996, Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon rejected three shots in the Rockets' season-ending 118-110 victory over Phoenix to reach 3,190 career blocks, giving him the all-time record and bettering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's previous mark by one.
After Sampson was traded to the Warriors in 1988, Olajuwon became the Rockets' undisputed leader. He led the league in rebounding twice (1989, 1990) and blocks three times (1990, 1991, 1993). The Dream finished his glorious career with 3830 blocks. It's safe to say he was a real menace in the paint for every offense.
Hakeem averaged over 4 blocks per game in 4 seasons during his career and he finished his career by averaging 3 blocks per game for the entire career.
Mount Mutombo is second on the all-time list with 3289 blocks during his long NBA career.
Hakeem became the only player in NBA history to win the NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and Finals MVP awards in the same season. His Rockets won back-to-back championships against the New York Knicks (avenging his college championship loss to Patrick Ewing), and Shaquille O'Neal's Orlando Magic.
In 1996, Olajuwon was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning United States national team and was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.