We’ve marveled at Nigeria-born 7-footer Hakeem Olajuwon since he was plucked by the Houston Rockets first overall in the 1984 NBA Draft out of far-away University of Houston, where he led the Cougars to two NCAA Championship games (1983, 1984). Even without the three Final Four appearances and two heartbreaking championship losses, most will remember how badass that college team – epically nicknamed “Phi Slamma Jamma” because of their remarkable dunking innovation – truly was. Some have even called them the greatest college team never to win a title thanks to the creative and unique brand of basketball they played along with the fact that the then-20-year-old Olajuwon was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player (he’s the last player to earn that honor in a losing effort).
Just let your eyes feast on the man’s prowess..
But what’s the former professional basketball player doing now, you ask? It wasn’t too long ago when we took a look at what ex-NBA technical foul specialist Rasheed Wallace was doing post ball, and were pleasantly unsurprised that he was mostly just playing ball. For Hakeem, though, we’re a little more shocked (slash inspired?).
Turns out the legendary slammer is set to introduce a new dream shake, this time in actual shake form, as he’s joining the frozen yogurt business by allegedly opening a “Red Mango Yogurt Cafe Smoothie and Juice Bar in Mont Belvieu this spring.”
Not really sure what this means for Hakeem Olajuwon, the FroYo business, and shakes everywhere, but I can tell you that this seems like a relaxing plan for a continued retirement. Marketing certainly won’t be a problem for the famous baller, but getting Billy Paultz – also known as “The Whopper” – to try it out might be tough ever since the slap heard ’round the world.
All that being said, I wish Hakeem all the luck in the frozen yogurt, shakes, juices, whatever-the-fuck-else business. Here’s to hoping this is a more successful venture than piece of garbage Curt Schilling’s endless quest for attention.