Monday, 15 April 2013


Just because athletes retire and aren't on television anymore constantly reminding you of their very existence doesn't mean they simply cease to exist.

Although sometimes it does feel a little like that, let me assure you that's not the case. Athletes keep on living their lives long after retirement—some are just doing it in a more public way than others.

That being said, Sportunes will from time to time take a look at some very random sports stars from the '90s and see what they were doing then and what they are doing now.




In an alternate universe in which Michael Jordan never existed, Hakeem Olajuwon would have been a much bigger deal in the '90s. And when MJ wasn't playing (around the time of his first retirement), Olajuwon certainly made the most of it.
That's not to say he went under the radar or anything, but this eight-time All-NBA superstar was arguably the second-best player of the decade. He had the inexplicably quick feet and soft hands of a much smaller player—a man of that stature playing with that kind of ease and finesse truly defies logic.

Olajuwon played all but one of his 18 years in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, whom he won two championships with.



Hakeem Olajuwon retired over a decade ago, but he hasn't put the game behind him entirely.

In recent years, he's served as a coach, mentor and/or protege for some of the biggest names in the NBA today, including, but not limited to, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Yet, it's not all hoops for Olajuwon these days. He and his family split time between their ranch in Texas and their home in Jordan, where he moved years ago to focus on Islamic studies.

Although Olajuwon does spend the bulk of the year overseas, he makes the most of his time in the U.S. by mentoring not just current NBA players, but also young kids.


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