logo
GettyImages
GettyImages

Meet NBA Star Hakeem Olajuwon's Son Abdullah Who Is Following in His Dad's Footsteps

Olawale Ogunjimi
May 25, 2020
08:00 P.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

Abdullah Olajuwon, the son of the former professional basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon, has followed in his father's footsteps in professional basketball almost 20 years after his father retired.

Advertisement

In basketball, it is not unusual for professional basketball legends to pass on the baton to their children. However, this was not the case for NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and his sons from the onset. The young boys had, surprisingly, no interest in the sport. Hakeem said:

"Every time I'd leave them with a basketball, I'd come back in, and it would turn into a soccer ball. Then we made a deal. Once they tasted basketball, they'd forget about soccer."

Hakeem Olajuwon poses for a photo with his wife in front of a fountain in Houston, Texas.| Source: Getty Images

Hakeem Olajuwon poses for a photo with his wife in front of a fountain in Houston, Texas.| Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

His boys, Abdullah and his brother Abdul had found passion in soccer. But, with all parties sticking to their ends of the deal, Hakeem put both his sons in a basketball club and a soccer club. In just three months, the sport had ignited a flame in both boys, especially his oldest, Abdullah.

Abdullah and his brother were born in Jordan. They lived there for ten years before the family relocated to the UK. In the west midlands region, where they first picked up a basketball, Abdullah made a name for himself in their local community.

Advertisement

When Hakeem saw the raw talent and passion that Abdullah and Abdul showed, he knew it was time to move to America to explore the viability of their sports professionally. From Birmingham, England, to Houston, Texas, the oldest, Abdullah, began to shine exceptionally.

Hakeem married an 18-year-old girl in an arranged marriage when he was thirty-three.

In 2019, the Olajuwon family reclaimed Houston as their home after moving to the US. Hakeem enrolled in The Village School, where Abdullah joined the Vikings basketball team as a sophomore. His younger brother, Abdul, was going into the eighth grade.

Advertisement

Just as the former sportsman had predicted, Abdullah fell into line, and his potential started to skyrocket. Coming to the US, a hotbed for basketball recruits, was the best decision Hakeem could have made. The soccer lover turned basketball prodigy, Abdullah, said:

"I feel really blessed, because a year ago, even a month ago, I didn't know this would happen. It was a dream, and then it became a reality."

His younger brother, Abdul, also admitted that back when he used to play soccer, his passion had been unparalleled, but once he played basketball, everything changed for him.

Advertisement

With Abdullah slowly approaching the common recruitment age and college, his talent has begun to create quite a buzz. His name was suddenly making it to the social list of exceptional up-and-coming basketball stars, like the sons of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Bronny and Ziare, respectively.

Many have begun to wonder if Abdullah would be the next "The Dream" because of his father's nickname. Hakeem, who had adopted the nickname during the peak of his career, is arguably the only NBA star to win a championship without another Hall of Famer on his team.

Hakeem Olajuwon holds the game ball prior to Game 6 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Hakeem Olajuwon holds the game ball prior to Game 6 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. | Source: Getty Images

Advertisement

In 1996, the 57-year-old was married to 18-year-old Dalia Asafi in an arranged marriage. In their religion, Islam, there was no dating process, and marriage was the first and final step. At the time, the legend was 33-years-old with a daughter, Abisola, from a previous relationship.

Nearly three decades later, Hakeem is happily married to his wife, Dalia, and their kids, with his sons eyeing bright futures in the world of basketball.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Twins Send Dad to Nursing Home, Learn He Left Inheritance to Janitor Who Is Their Carbon Copy – Story of the Day

February 13, 2022

The Tragic Story of Lamar Odom's Late Son Jayden — The Star Opened up about Him on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

February 09, 2022

Michael Strahan 'Couldn't Believe' His 1st Wife Loved Him — They Were So Young When They Became Parents

February 14, 2022

David Beckham Liked Victoria When He Saw Her in a Video — Their Marriage Survived Infidelity & Divorce Rumors

April 12, 2022