March 31, 1991
Hakeem Olajuwon had been in a thoughtful, analytical state for about 20 minutes. He was the only player left in the Houston Rockets' locker room after a recent home game, and he had been calmly discussing the differences among the National Basketball Association's blue-blood centers -- the New York Knicks' Patrick Ewing, San Antonio Spurs' David Robinson and, of course, himself.Finally, Olajuwon no longer could sit. The subject demanded animation. He bolted to his feet and began an impressive show-and-tell session.