Every summer, NBA players call on the expertise of arguably the most skilled big man ever – Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon – to enhance their post-up and offensive game. But unlike most NBA vets and experts pushing 50 with 50+ extra pounds since their playing days, the 2 x NBA Champion can lace up the sneakers, get on the court and still pull off his trademark moves: the shake, the spin, the fadeaway.
On Saturday, during the inaugural NBA Africa game in Johannesburg, Hakeem – the first African born player in the league – and Dikembe Mutombo came out of retirement and made a surprise appearance to play in the historic game.
If that wasn’t epic enough, Hakeem even pulled out the Dream Shake on Orlando’s Nik Vucevic.
“I made the move, I made the shot, it went in,” said Olajuwon. “I missed my first shot and was happy to make the next one. And I was really happy to participate.”