The Dream Vs. The Admiral

Don’t ask me how this one started. The last thing I remember is going to Youtube and this video was on the front page. It’s crazy watching two slender, agile 7-footers doing battle with quickness and athleticism. This clip will surely have you saying, “they just don’t make em like they used to.” Anyway, in this clip, it appears that Hakeem Olajuwon feels a little slighted watching David Robinson hoist the MVP trophy. That postseason, over 22 games en route to a second consecutive NBA Championship, The Dream averaged a ridiculous 33 pts, 10 reb, 4.5 asts per game. I never would’ve classified Olajuwon as underrated, but looking back, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. Michael Jordan is regarded as the best player in the history of the game, but who won the title both years he was away? Hakeem was at the top of his game, and he didn’t need Semmi to get there.

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6 responses to “The Dream Vs. The Admiral

  • Chris Humpherys

    I remember that series well. It was as dominant as I’ve ever seen anyone play against an opponent. Anyone who watched basketball religiously over that time knows the Dream was the best center in the game at that time.

    If you’ve ever heard Kenny Smith talk about that Game One when they gave Robinson the MVP award, he says Dream was talking shit in the locker room pre-game about how he was going to go out there and use him up.

    He certainly did.

    How long until we see a big man as skilled as him again?

    • mceezy

      It’s almost depressing. Look at the All-Star Centers that season…. Olajuwon, Robinson, and Mutombo out West, and Ewing, Mourning, and O’Neal back East. Those six guys had more game than all 30 starting centers today combined.

  • tophatal


    Everyone seems to pile on ’bout how good Shaq is or was as the case maybe . But he was nowhere near the complete player that Olajuwon was by a long shot . And as much as I love the Admiral being that I’m an avowed Spurs’ fan he was simply no match for Hakeem .

    tophatal ………. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mceezy

      Remember when Shaq vs. Hakeem was supposed to go down on Pay Per View? They had a whole undercard of one on one matchups lined up as well. One of the big men pulled out with an injury, but I can’t remember who.

      • tophatal


        In your response to Chris you’re right the centers around today just aren’t that good . Their games still need refininng by a great deal . And even when Yao returns who’s to say that he’ll be the player he once was before he went down injured ? There’s no longer a dearth of players at the position who actually play with any heart much less skill. Howard is one dimensional and the same can be said about Bynum as well.

        tophatal ………….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris Humpherys

    I’d say Dwight Howard could probably hang with those guys but you’re right, that’s about it.

    I guess the lack of decent big men in the league is one of the reasons Shaq’s been able to perpetuate his career for so long.

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