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Olajuwon eyes ownership stake in Rockets
    2017-August-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ROCKETS legend and NBA Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon may be interested in an ownership stake in the organization, as the man known as “The Dream” during his playing days has been contacted about ownership opportunities.

“Many groups now have called me and want me involved,” Olajuwon said, via ESPN. “With two of the groups, I’m doing my background check to see if that is a possibility. Just an association would be great.”

Olajuwon played for the Rockets from 1984 to 2001 and helped the team win its only two titles in franchise history in 1994 and 1995. He was a 12-time All-Star and boasts career averages of 21.8 and 11.1 rebounds per game. He is the Rockets all-time franchise leader in points (26,511), rebounds (13,382) and blocks (3,740), and has maintained an affiliation with the franchise since his retirement.

Olajuwon said that his current contract with the Rockets prevents him from taking on an ownership position with the franchise, but things could change if the right opportunity presented itself.

“I’m still with the organization now,” Olajuwon said. “I have a contract with the Rockets, not to be in an ownership position. But if the opportunity opens itself, it will be something great.”

Olajuwon isn’t the only former Hall-of-Fame Rockets center that has expressed interest in ownership of the team since long-time owner Les Alexander expressed his intention to sell in July, as Dikembe Mutombo is also looking to gather investors to make a purchase.

“The Rockets are a great franchise,” Mutombo said in July, via The Score. “They have a great team. They’ve got great coaches, great basketball players, great staff. Whoever is coming in, it’s not like they’re going to have to rebuild it...I’m trying to convince some people about trying to buy this team. It’s one of the best franchises right now. It’s really the right time.”

Forbes estimated the value of the Rockets at US$1.65 billion, but considering the quality of the team on the court right now (and the money that generates) and the stability of the NBA with the new television deal, means this sale could break the record sum Steve Ballmer paid for the Clippers (US$2 billion).

Olajuwon obviously could not buy the team on his own, but could have a role as the face of the ownership group, sort of like the role Grant Hill has in Atlanta. Olajuwon lives in the United Kingdom now with his family but still works for the Rockets.(SD-Agencies)

 

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