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Houston Rockets: History of Rockets Disgruntled Players

By Phillip Pyle
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Hakeem Olajuwon

If  for some reason you have not come across any of the “Hakeem Olajuwon Workout” footage with the Rockets and NBA SuperStars then by all means, take a look:

At the end of the 2001 season Olajuwon turned down a  measly $13 million deal with the Rockets. Management desperate to do something, and believing it was time to rebuild, traded the Dream to the Toronto Raptors for draft picks (the highest of which was used by Houston to draft Bostjan Nachbar at #15 in the 2002 NBA Draft. Future Rocket Luis Scola went #55 in this years draft, along with current Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer at #34 and current Memphis forward Tayshuan Prince #23. Olajuwon would play one year in Toronto and then retire because of back injuries. Based on how well Hakeem looks in the video above, I believe if the Rockets would have paid Hakeem about $7 million more, and let him rest his back, he would be the starting power forward right now!