Living the Dream

By Hakeem Olajuwon with Peter Knobler


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         This was a very enjoyable book.  It's a true autobiography that goes up to the 1994-95 season.  Hakeem tells of growing up in Nigeria, how he got interested in basketball, and how he got the opportunity to come to America to play basketball.  He tells a lot about his years at Houston and playing summer ball against Moses Malone.

        He also covers the years of the twin towers and the decline.  He tells of the friction he had with management in 1991, when he was accused of faking an injury for a contract extension.  He also tells a lot about his commitment to his religious beliefs in 1991.

        He also covers the championship seasons and the reunion with Clyde Drexler.  Nothing really special than any other autobiography, other than he has an interesting story to tell.   The African background makes it really unique.

Introspection:  4
Insight:  4
History:  1981-1995
Readability:  4

Living the Dream:  My life and Basketball.  Hakeem Olajuwon and Peter Knobler.  Little, Brown, and Company.  1996.


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