29 Hakeem Olajuwon Quotes On Success In Life

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon nicknamed “the Dream” is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. These Hakeem Olajuwon quotes will motivate you.

Best Hakeem Olajuwon Quotes

  1. “When you get to that level, it’s not a matter of talent anymore – because all the players are so talented – it’s about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  2. “The most important thing in a person’s life is his faith and how he translates his faith into practical deeds.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  3. “It’s not up to anyone else to make me give my best.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  4. “All these boundaries – Africa, Asia, Malaysia, America – are set by men. But you don’t have to look at boundaries when you are looking at a man – at the character of a man. The question is: What do you stand for? Are you a follower, or are you a leader?” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  5. “Sports is good for health and for children, it gives them manhood, courage, teaches them teamwork and coordination. Sports is something that is so crucial, it makes everything.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  6. “Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon

  7. “God comes first. Paradise is not cheap.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  8. “I’m shy, but sometimes my voice is so clear and strong.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  9. “When people start comparing him with (Michael) Jordan then that’s not a fair comparison. Jordan was a far more superior player in a very tough league, he was very creative. That’s not taking away anything from LeBron because he is a great player, but it is not a fair comparison because Jordan is a far superior player.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  10. “I always keep a ball in the car. You never know.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon quotes
  11. “I was successful materially, but I know life is much more than worldly success. I saw all these blessings God had given me. The way to give thanks is obedience to God.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  12. “My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  13. “I’m the kind of person who always wants more.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon

  14. “The difference must be distinguished between worship and respect. Islam orders you to obey and respect, as long as you are not worshiping anything other than God… Islam is a religion of peace. You don’t attack. You explain.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  15. “Allah says in the Qur’an not to despise one another. So the criterion in Islam is not color or social status. It’s who is most righteous. If I go to a mosque – and I’m a basketball player with money and prestige – if I go to a mosque and see an imam, I feel inferior. He’s better than me. It’s about knowledge.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  16. “Being from Africa is the best thing that could have ever, ever happened to me. I cannot see it any other way. All of the fundamental principles that were instilled in me in my home, from my childhood, are still with me.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  17. “When I was playing, I didn’t realize how much of an impact I would make on people, Muslim or non-Muslim. We played a lot of games during Ramadan. On national TV, the announcers were commenting about Ramadan, and this raised the awareness to the general public and we made all the Muslims very, very proud.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  18. “My type of basketball is about how to create space, how to maneuver, how to get your shot off.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon

  19. “I was doing just my duty, but that was impacting a lot of people and making them proud. So, I feel so grateful to Allah for giving me that opportunity while I had that chance to make that impact. And thankfully it impacted all the people – more than I realized.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  20. “I love fashion as much as I love basketball! It is a great joy for me to express myself through designing my own collection.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  21. “In many ways, my job in soccer was like my job in basketball now. I had to protect the goal. That was the name of the game, not letting the other team score.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  22. “When I look at the system here and look at my position – not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from – I feel so blessed to be from Africa.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  23. “I remember at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Shaq always wanted me to show him steps over and over.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon

  24. “My life is very simple. I like simplicity and for my time to be my own, so that I have the freedom to devote the majority of it to Islam.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  25. “The key to fashion is, you don’t want to look like you’re trying. You’ve gotta be natural.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  26. “I don’t think Michael had to retire for us to get the spotlight because when you win, it commands attention.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  27. “Sports plays an interesting role in society. The greatest sportsmen have platforms to speak out on issues and really affect how the public thinks about some very critical issues facing the world.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  28. “Well, the problem is the freedom that the sport gives you without getting to politics. Unfortunately, you cannot now separate it because people cannot be truthful; they have to be politically correct. There’s no more sincerity. What we had before was freedom of speech and freedom of expression without judgment. That’s why I don’t get into politics.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  29. “I’ve now been in this country for thirteen years since I was seventeen. So this is my second home.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon

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