Hakeem Olajuwon Through the Years

Phi Slama Jama
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Phi Slama Jama

1982-1984

Hakeem Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play under Guy Lewis at the University of Houston despite never playing basketball until the age of 15. After red-shirting as a freshman, the seven-footer teamed with Clyde Drexler to lead the Cougars to three consecutive Final Fours, including appearances in the 1983 and 1984 title games. Olajuwon's Houston teams went by the semi-official nickname Phi Slama Jama, a tribute to their fast-breaking style and explosive slam dunks.

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