Yao Works Out With Olajuwon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON -- As long as he plays for the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming will be always compared to Hakeem Olajuwon.

He might as well turn to "The Dream" for advice.

Yao today worked out with Olajuwon at Houston's Toyota Center.

The 44-year-old Olajuwon is the N-B-A's career leader in blocked
shots (3,830) and led the Rockets to their only two championships
in 1994 and '95.

The 12-time All-Star spends most of his time now in Jordan,
though he still has a real estate business in Houston.

The reclusive Olajuwon sat next to team owner Les Alexander
during Houston's loss to Utah in Game seven of their first-round
playoff series.

Afterward, Yao eagerly accepted Olajuwon's offer to practice
with him.

Olajuwon worked with Yao for about 90 minutes, picking apart
Yao's post moves -- and giving him pep talks.

Olajuwon retired after the 2001-02 season. The Rockets drafted
Yao a few months later.


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