Hakeem Olajuwon

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Top Ten Ways to Identify a Native Houstonian

    Houston is home to a booming economy. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States. Houston is cool. Houston is a lot of things, home to a lot different people and cultures. And while no string of facts and qualities can quite stitch together a complete story of this city that we l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Sports Illustrated Cover Boys: The Rockets' Dwight Howard, Kevin McHale & Hakeem Olajuwon

    Seems like the Houston Press wasn't the only media outlet to find the Houston Rockets cover-worthy this season. For its October 28 NBA Preview double edition, Sports Illustrated chose to focus on Dwight Howard and his place with the Houston Rockets for its cover story. Entitled: The Post Man Rings ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    All Systems Go: The Rockets Are Young, Focused and Ready to Compete

    Fun-loving, but hyper-competitive on the court, the Rockets are ready to deliver a new age in Houston basketball. Fans are ready for that, too.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Cover Story: Rockets' New Age Includes Twin Towers, Twin Minis Experiments

    It's been 30 years since the Rockets put two seven-footers on the floor at the same time. Those two, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, led the Rockets to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics, a team that included current Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Now McHale is tinkering with a tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Quiet Draft for Rockets Nets PG, Dream Shake and Twitter Controversy

    When the most exciting thing you can say about your draft night is that the greatest player in franchise history was there to wish the commissioner well in his retirement and your current best player got embroiled in a VERY minor Twitter controversy, it must have been a slow night. Rockets GM Daryl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    NBA Retro Zapruder Of The 1985 NBA Draft Lottery

    In the 80's hit movie Stand By Me, there's a scene where the four main characters, teenage boys (including a young Corey Feldman!), are sitting around a campfire and one of them (Gordie) tells a story about a fat kid named Lard Ass participating in a blueberry pie eating contest at the county fair. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Rockets Make Winning Plays Late, Beat Spurs 96-95 on Harden's Late Jumper

    It's been a while since Rockets fans have experienced something like this. For those of us who have followed the Rockets for 20 or 30 years, we can remember plenty of times they rose up to make big shots against the rival San Antonio Spurs...and quite a few that went the other direction. But, Sunday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    The Five Greatest Houston Rockets Who Played In The All-Star Game: A List That Might Surprise You

    The Houston Rockets have only sent 14 different players to the NBA All Star game. The team's most celebrated All Stars have routinely been big men and the playground atmosphere of the game does not lend itself to players who need help getting the ball leading to some forgettable performances. Still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    For Valentine's: The Five Best Recent Rockets Bromances

    Over the years, the NBA went from a league where practically every player hated each other, to a league where they Tweet to tell how much they miss one another. Since NBA All-Star Weekend is coming to Houston, some former and present Houston Rockets may get to rekindle the flame of the bromance the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Turnovers, Inconsistency, Lack of Defense Hurt the Rockets During Losing Streak

    Sometimes, as the saying goes, you can't hit the ocean from the beach. During the Rockets' seven-game losing streak, which mercifully came to an end at Charlotte on Monday afternoon with a 100-96 Martin Luther King Day matinee win, the Rockets have been awful from the floor. James Harden has been sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Guy V. Lewis Back on the Basketball Hall of Fame Ballot. It's Time He Was Inducted Once and For All

    There has been a lot of talk about various halls of fame this week with the retirement of Ray Lewis, the baseball Hall of Fame inductions to be announced on Wednesday and now word that, for the first time in five years, legendary University of Houston basketball coach Guy V. Lewis will return to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Twin Towers: A Fascinating Tale of the '80s Rockets and What Never Was

    On June 5, 1986, I was barely 17 years old and on my way home from a music lesson. While cutting through a nearby neighborhood, my car, an amazingly awful pumpkin orange Datsun B-210 I bought from a friend for 500 bucks, broke down...again. Fortunately, I was only about two blocks from a schoolmate' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    A Few Suggestions For Houston Sports Moments and Personalities To Be Memorialized

    The greatest player in the history of the Houston Oilers is, without a doubt, Earl Campbell. And Ross Greenburg, the former head of HBO Sports, is producing a documentary on the life and career of Campbell that will air later this year on the NBC Sports Network. And last month the MLB Network did a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Foster's Vegan Announcement Adds to Texans' Quirkiness

    Officially a vegan now. We'll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) July 6, 2012 We've all known Arian Foster to be a rather unique guy. He's a bit of a philosopher and poet. He tweets about eastern religion and plays random pick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Ask A Rapper: D-Risha Discusses Sports' Worst "Decisions"

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Picking Rockets Team of the 2000s Not an Easy Task

    Throughout the course of this frustrating season, the Houston Rockets have been allowing fans to pick their choices for the starting team of the decade beginning with the 1970s and continuing with the '80s, '90s and 2000s. They had all but one of their starting five for the 2000s on had for their wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Guy V. Lewis Snubbed By The Basketball Hall of Fame Again

    ​The Houston Cougars defeated the SMU Mustangs 62-59 on Saturday night. The leading scorer, with 27 points, was Joseph Young, son of UH legend and current director of basketball operations Michael Young. The radio analyst for the game was former Cougar legend, all-time NBA great, and basketbal ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Houston Rockets 1993 vs. Houston Rockets 2012, the Hard Truth

    It's been a tough start for the hapless Rockets. With early injury problems, a trade that didn't happen in the lockout-shortened offseason and a new, unproven coach, it's no wonder the first few weeks of the season have been somewhere between "OH GOD NO!" and "Just shoot me." This, of course, makes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Yet Another List of Funny (Accused) Criminal Names: Hello, Mega Matahari!

    Hush, little Mega Matahari.​Every so often we furnish you with a list of some of the strangest, funniest and most awesome names we find in our daily trollings of Harris County records. Usually, we do this roughly once a quarter, but this month has been fertile, so much so that we are now bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    We mentioned ShowBiz Pizza this week, which gives me a perfect excuse to post this. Do yourself a favor and watch this video. Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where this year my puns finally beat out Kraft Macaroni 'N' Cheese to win the official title of "The Cheesiest. ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011

    The Peddler

    Both in and out of prison, Brian Culwell has spent his life selling people baubles, trinkets and jewels. Now he's buying your gold and silver.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Cover Story: Did You Know the Fastest-Growing Gold- and Silver-Buying Company in Texas is Run by a Three-time Felon?

    ​Less than a month ago, ranked Houston-based Gold and Silver Buyers, Inc. as the eighth-fastest growing company in America. Since 2008, the company has grown from one storefront in the Copperfield H-E-B to more than 70 outlets stretching from Longview to the Valley and west to San Anto ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011


    1560AM weaves pop culture, locker-room humor and irreverence into sports-talk radio.

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    UH Basketball Tries Once Again To Resurrect Phi Slama Jama (And Our List Of The Five Best Basketball Coogs)

    While the University of Houston tries to resurrect its basketball program, we reflect on the glory days. ​Bryan Williams, who was a part of the University of Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams, took pictures for this week's cover story in the Houston Press about the incredible decline of the universit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Houston Slammed By European Travel Blog: We're Boooorrring

    But...but...there's the Kemah Boardwalk!!​Among world cities, in which category does Houston rank second only to Brussels, the capital of the European Union? Tedium, at least according to the European Union-funded wiki blog OpenTravel. According to "Chili," an English-language challenged scr ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010

    Houston's 10 Best Sports Moments*

    *And the 5 most heartbreaking...

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Paul Wall's Got Your iPhone Goin' Nuts

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to ​April 23, 2010. That was to be the most glorious day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    The Top Ten Rockets Moments Of The Decade, For Better Or Worse

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​For the Rockets, the decade of the 2000s began with Hall of Fame legend Hakeem Olajuwon starting at center. It finished with 6-foot-6 Chuck Hayes, the shortest listed starting center in NBA history.It started with promising rookie sensation and No. 2 pick Steve Francis at po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Where Does Sunday's Rockets Victory Rank? It'll Have To Top These To Make The Top Five

    Where does yesterday's deceptively close 99-87 shellacking of the Lakers rank in the annals of great Rockets victories? It's too soon to tell. If they build on that win by taking this series and then slip into their fifth NBA finals, minus not just Yao but also his geriatric Congolese understudy, no ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2004

    Inside the Glide

    Hometown hoops hero Clyde Drexler airs it out in his new autobiography

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2003

    Holiday Puree

    A pinch of this culture, a dash of that make Fiesta Navideña

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Reincarnation

    Compaq Center becomes the Lakewood International Center

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2003

    Tall Orders

    Local tailor clothes the NBA

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Restoration Project

    Houston region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Way Out There

    A new TV news operation is coming to Houston. More or less.

  • News

    March 30, 2000

    Dream Taker

    When political egos and a basketball star vow to beautify a derelict building next door to Enron Field, what do you get after more than a year? Nothing.

  • News

    December 24, 1998
  • News

    March 19, 1998

    Geezer Follies

    Aging and creaking, the Rockets prove better at entertainment than basketball, on and off the court

  • Calendar

    January 22, 1998
  • News

    December 4, 1997

    Bad Deal

    John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.

  • News

    February 20, 1997
  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

  • News

    October 13, 1994


    The FDIC steps in to unload the Huntingdon, federally subsidized home of the rich

  • News

    June 23, 1994

    Rockets Mania

    As the Rockets fought for the title, Houstonians fought -- and failed -- to keep their sanity

  • News

    May 12, 1994

    The Man Behind Mad Max

    Vernon Maxwell has made a reputation by going crazy. Now he says he wants to go straight. Really?

  • Film

    January 27, 1994
  • News

    December 16, 1993
  • More >>