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Hakeem Olajuwon book, 'Dream,' by Mirin Fader available for pre-order

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A crop of the cover for the book "Dream: The Life and Legacy of Hakeem Olajuwon." It features a dark red background with "Dream" in mustard yellow letters and there's a black and white image of Olajuwon's face.

Hakeem Olajuwon's impact gets a powerful form of documentation in "Dream," a new book due out this fall written by veteran journalist Mirin Fader. The author once again will combine her ability for extensive research with her unbeatable knack for storytelling to paint the picture of a player who, unlike her first book subject, Giannis Antetokounmpo, already has his legacy cemented. Fader traveled the country to piece together the life of "The Dream," from his recruiting journey before going to the Final Four three times with the Houston Cougars to his days as a professional where he became a Houston Rockets icon. Phi Slamma Jamma. The Dream Shake. It's all in there.

Olajuwon, a native of Nigeria, was a 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion where he won the Finals MVP both times. He was the first international player to be named league MVP when he won the award for the 1993-94 season. In his 18-year career, he was known as a formidable defensive force and led the league in blocks three times and rebounds twice. His 3,830 blocks stands alone as the most career blocks in NBA history.

The book will explore Olajuwon's Muslim faith, which he boldly proclaimed during his playing days. Some of his standout performances came while he was fasting for Ramadan. "Dream" will also analyze how he was a pioneer in the sport as an international player. Perhaps fans wouldn't have ever heard about Antetokounmpo, who hails from Greece, if Olajuwon had not made his mark. "Giannis" made Fader a New York Times bestselling author when it skyrocketed to success while the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Finals.

"Dream: The Life and Legacy of Hakeem Olajuwon" is available for pre-order now for $33. It will be released on Oct. 15.

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