In 1994-95, the Houston Rockets captured their second straight NBA championship, led by the league’s best center Hakeem Olajuwon. This is while David Robinson, the San Antonio Spurs’ star center, was the one who won the season’s MVP honors.
However, in that year’s conference finals, Olajuwon overshadowed Robinson, averaging 35.5 ppg against Robinson’s 23.8 ppg, as the Rockets defeated the Spurs in six games, and went on to win the championship.
At the time a lot of people were saying that Robinson stole the MVP award from a more deserving Hakeem Olajuwon.
Meanwhile, Olajuwon is a 12-time NBA All-Star, and has been named the 1994 NBA MVP.
Olajuwon, in an interview with the Houston Rockets website, said that it wasn’t the case.
“I want to correct everybody, David deserved the MVP. I wasn’t having an MVP year that year and David was having a great year. The motivation was knowing we can win but had nothing to do with being mad at losing the MVP to David Robinson,” Olajuwon said.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Robinson received the MVP honors for his regular season performance – where he outperformed Olajuwon.
Olajuwon’s former teammate Kenny Smith had said on numerous occasions that Olajuwon at the time was upset with Robinson winning the trophy, and used that as motivation for the upcoming series. Whether it was true or not – it worked.
Robinson would go on to win two NBA championships with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003. Both centers are in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers ever to play the game. Some say, he was the best. He played in 1238 NBA games (1186 started), averaging 21.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.5 apg and 3.1 bpg in 35.7 minutes of action.
Robinson, a 10-time NBA All-Star won the 1992 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 1995 NBA MVP and two NBA titles in 1999 and 2003. He holds career averages of 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Robinson appeared in 987 NBA games (985 started).Follow @exnbadotcom
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