April 27, 1990 |
Two, sometimes three, Lakers will probably orbit Akeem Olajuwon tonight whenever the Houston Rockets' center gets the ball in the low post. They will lean on Olajuwon, pressure and harass him, and hope he does not find a way to dominate. "We'll have one guy--me--in back of him, one in front of him and one on the side," Laker center Mychal Thompson said. "That leaves Akeem only one side open, and that'll be the baseline. He's too much for one guy to stop.
March 6, 1990 |
Houston center Akeem Olajuwon will not be credited with a rare quadruple-double in a game against Golden State, NBA vice president Rod Thorn ruled Monday. Olajuwon, who had 29 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 129-109 victory on Saturday, was originally credited with nine assists in the initial postgame box score.
February 20, 1990 |
It must have been apparent to a national television audience on Monday afternoon why Akeem Olajuwon is unhappy. Olajuwon, one of the NBA's best players, had another brilliant game, but didn't get much help and the Houston Rockets were beaten by the Chicago Bulls, 107-102. The 7-foot center from Nigeria is in his sixth season with the Rockets, and the talent around him seems to get worse each season.
December 2, 1989 |
Houston's Akeem Olajuwon was fined $5,000 and Charlotte's J.R. Reid was fined $1,000 Friday for their fight in the third quarter of an NBA game Thursday night Olajuwon's fine was for initiating the fight, and Reid was fined for elbowing and fighting. Both players were ejected in the third quarter of the game at the Summit in Houston. Olajuwon said he reacted despite a move by the NBA to crack down on fighting.
October 23, 1989
The Houston Rockets may start the National Basketball Assn. season without star center Akeem Olajuwon, who has been on blood thinners for 104 days to treat a blood clot in his left calf.
March 7, 1989
Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets All-Star center, was fined $5,000 by the National Basketball Assn. Monday for punching Michael Cage of Seattle in the SuperSonics' 118-108 victory over Houston last Friday night. Rod Thorn, NBA vice president of operations announced the fine, but a Rocket spokesman said the league had not notified the team, which would not comment. The incident occurred after Cage put a hammerlock on Olajuwon, trying to stop an easy basket off an offensive rebound.