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Could Olajuwon play in todays game ?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by icewill36, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. icewill36

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    How would he do defensively against 5 out rockets ?
     
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    Is this a troll?
     
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    Hakeem is averaging 30+pts a game, 15+ rebounds, 5-7 blocks per game. There is NO ONE that could guard him in today's game.
     
  5. Carl Herrera

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    Of course Hakeem cannot play in today's game. He is 57 years old!
     
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    heypartner Contributing Member

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    what about 5 Hakeems
     
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    da best answer.
     
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    I bet he could still give us a solid 10-15 mpg... ;)
     
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    i disagree. when people say that dominant big men from the 90s would be even more dominant today, I just can't see it.

    in the 90s everyone just stood around while teams through the ball down to the post. with all great defensive schemes, length, and athleticism I just dont think many of them would be able to dominate.....and on defense it would definitely be a struggle trying to get out on the perimeter.
     
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    Joshfast "We're all gonna die" - Billy Sole
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    Hakeem wasn’t some big oaf 7 footer bro he is absolutely one of the past legends that would tear a ****ing hole in the league today. David Robinson, the guy Hakeem murdered, would be unstoppable too. Ewing and slower, plodding type centers might have some trouble.
     
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    HI, welcome.

    You never saw Hakeem switching out on the guards during the finals? Prowling like a cat and shutting them down out there.

    The man had extraordinary agility - it is what set him aside
     
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    lol you must be talking about john starks.....hardly on the level of guards/wings we have today.
     
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    unstoppable ? if you say so lol
     
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    You cannot assume this, even as a die-hard Rockets fan.

    Hakeem retired in 2002. Eighteen years ago - that is an entire baby only now getting to vote. That is a time period covering 3 presidents. This is pre-YouTube, pre-Facebook, pre-iPhone. This is from an era when Dallas did not suck.

    No, wait - forget that last part. There was never a time where Dallas did not suck.

    But you can't just assume that someone might legitimately wonder what a guy like Hakeem would look like compared to the only players that they have known. Who knows when this person became a fan.

    Makes me feel that much luckier that I was able to see Hakeem play.

    And the answer is yes, I think that he could hold his own against this era.
     
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    Comparing eras is always a mistake. Hakeem would have played a different style if he were playing in this era of basketball. I'm sure that he would have been unbelievable.
     
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    I'm going to put this down for the 99ers

    Hakeem could play in any ERA of the NBA from
    THE BEGINNING TO THE END OF THE HUMAN RACE
     
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    Some guys would still dominate... Hakeem, Shaq, DRob...
    The Vin Bakers... not so much...
     
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    Hakeem would be the ultimate center in any era. As has already been stated, he could guard every position, was a PHENOMENAL team defender, and would transform any team into a contender. And if we want to talk about offense, there's not a single person that would be able to stop him nowadays. And if he played today I have no doubt that he would've developed a respectable 3 point shot as well.

    The Dream would have not only been able to play in this era, but he would dominate--just like he would have dominated in the 2000s, or 70s, or any era that was fortunate enough to have not played against him.
     
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    Didn't read a single anything but resounding yes. Fluid athlete that'd still be elite in today's game. Imagine him developing a 3 ball also. Would not of been a post threat only. Think Anthony Davis plus Draymond Green
     
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