Ball Don't Lie - NBA

It's kind of hard to believe that it's been eight years since we last saw Hakeem Olajuwon on a basketball court. It's even harder to believe that the last time we saw him, he was a Raptor. Eight years later, that's still hard to wrap your head around. Nonetheless, The Dream's influence remains strong in the NBA.

You can see it in LeBron James'(notes) chase-down blocks or Kobe Bryant(notes) training with the Hall of Fame big man. Or if you watched Monday night's games, you saw two tributes to Hakeem in a single evening. The first was from the Celtics' Rajon Rondo(notes).

Excellent Hakeem-ing right there. And by a point guard, no less. Only 40 percent of the Cavaliers fell for Rondo's fake, so there's still a little room for improvement, but it's a really good start. 

Later that night, Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) got Olajuwon-y.

That's the more standard Dream Shake of the two, considering it came from a post-up and led to a little floater. And that Amar'e did it against the Spurs is kind of poetic.

Like a really good cover version of a song you already liked, seeing guys do some of Hakeem's moves really makes you appreciate how awesome he was back in the day. For the Houston Rockets, mostly. The Raptors thing is still too weird.

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