All these boundaries - Africa, Asia, Malaysia, America - are set by men. But you don't have to look at boundaries when you are looking at a man - at the character of a man. The question is: What do you stand for? Are you a follower, or are you a leader?— Hakeem Olajuwon
The most revolutionary Hakeem Olajuwon quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
I remember at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Shaq always wanted me to show him steps over and over.
When you get to that level, it's not a matter of talent anymore - because all the players are so talented - it's about preparation, about playing smart and making good decisions.
Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try.
I don't think Michael had to retire for us to get the spotlight, because when you win, it commands attention.
My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players.
I always keep a ball in the car. You never know.
Being from Africa is the best thing that could have ever, ever happened to me.
I cannot see it any other way. All of my fundamental principles that were instilled in me in my home, from my childhood, are still with me.
I love fashion as much as I love basketball! It is a great joy for me to express myself through designing my own collection.
When I look at the system here and look at my position - not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from - I feel so blessed to be from Africa.
I've now been in this country for thirteen years, since I was seventeen. So this is my second home.
In many ways, my job in soccer was like my job in basketball now.
I had to protect the goal. That was the name of the game, not letting the other team score.
Sports is good for health and for children, it gives them manhood, courage, teaches them team work and coordination. Sports is something that is so crucial, it makes everything.
The most important thing in a person's life is his faith and how he translates his faith into practical deeds.
Sports plays an interesting role in society.
The greatest sportsmen have platforms to speak out on issues and really affect how the public thinks about some very critical issues facing the world.
It's not up to anyone else to make me give my best.
When I was playing, I didn't realize how much of an impact I would make on people, Muslim or non-Muslim. We played a lot of games during Ramadan. On national TV, the announcers were commenting about Ramadan, and this raised the awareness to the general public and we made all the Muslims very, very proud.
I'm the kind of person who always wants more.
The difference must be distinguished between worship and respect.
Islam orders you to obey and respect, as long as you are not worshiping anything other than God... Islam is a religion of peace. You don't attack. You explain.
I'm shy, but sometimes my voice is so clear and strong.
My type of basketball is about how to create space, how to maneuver, how to get your shot off.
I was doing just my duty, but that was impacting a lot of people and making them proud. So, I feel so grateful to Allah for giving me that opportunity while I had that chance to make that impact. And thankfully it impacted all the people - more than I realized.
Well, the problem is the freedom that the sport gives you without getting to politics. Unfortunately, you cannot now separate it because people cannot be truthful; they have to be politically correct. There's no more sincerity. What we had before was freedom of speech and freedom of expression without judgement. That's why I don't get into politics.
God comes first. Paradise is not cheap.
My life is very simple. I like simplicity and for my time to be my own, so that I have the freedom to devote the majority of it to Islam.