Formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon is a revered Nigerian-American basketball legend who made an enduring impact on the game. Olajuwon, who played for both the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets, dominated the center position in the NBA from 1984 to 2002. He enjoyed great success during his time with the Rockets, helping them win back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.
Olajuwon received due recognition for his outstanding contributions to the game when he was admitted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016. Olajuwon is recognized as one of the finest centers to have ever played the game, standing at a commanding 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), however he has admitted his height is closer to 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m). He demonstrated grace and skill throughout his career, earning the apt moniker "The Dream."
Olajuwon, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, set out on a remarkable adventure that took him to the University of Houston, where he played college basketball under Coach Guy Lewis' direction. Three Final Four appearances during his time with the Cougars allowed him to display his exceptional talent and help his team become well-known on the basketball scene nationally.
The Houston Rockets selected Olajuwon as the first overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He teamed up with Ralph Sampson to form the formidable team known as the Twin Towers. They guided the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1986, when they played the Boston Celtics. Although they were unable to win the tournament, Olajuwon's influence was seen nonetheless.
Olajuwon took over as the uncontested leader of the Rockets after Sampson left. He frequently displayed his power on the court, leading the league in blocks three times (1990, 1991, and 1993), and rebounding twice (1989, 1990). His devotion to his religion paralleled his dedication to the game, as he strengthened his ties to Islam and changed the spelling of his name from Akeem to Hakeem..
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CTI can give you the accurate Hakeem Olajuwon booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book Hakeem Olajuwon for an event?" is a frequent question we get. The final Hakeem Olajuwon booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we may show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will Hakeem Olajuwon charge for an event. An example fee to book Hakeem Olajuwon is in the starting range of $25,000-$39,999. However, any recent popularity change would cause a price fluctuation well beyond this example. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price as well. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book Hakeem Olajuwon for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Hakeem Olajuwon agent on your behalf if your funding is in place. By not having funding ready then it will more difficult to book Hakeem Olajuwon, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the Hakeem Olajuwon booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Hakeem Olajuwon, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
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