Beef History: Hakeem Olajuwon vs. the Houston Rockets

When contract negotiations go bad. And then get worse.

When’s the best time to ask your boss for a $15 million contract postponement? For most of us, never. For Hakeem Olajuwon, it was the winter of 1992. Sure, the Projectile weren’t doing so hot annnnnd has only just been burnt coach Don Chaney, but Hakeem was establishing less than the league’s other upper-clas hubs, so what’s the injure in asking? Beef? Is beef the suffering in asking?


First, owned Charlie Thomas and GM Steve Patterson refused to negotiate with him. Then Olajuwon strained his hamstring, and the Rockets brass was like “Oh yeah claim, you’re not hurt, you’re exactly refusing to play until we negotiate your contract.” They suspended Olajuwon and took to the press with their fake-injury allegations.

Hakeem shelled back in the press, “re all going” after Thomas and Patterson’s intelligence. The parole “stupid” was used quite a bit. Oh, and he likewise involved a sell.

The 92 -9 3 season rolled around and Hakeem did not get traded, though he did eventually acre a contract on par with David Robinson and Patrick Ewing. Despite the frightful months, Hakeem managed to find happiness with Houston, it cured that ownership and GMs modified. He even is to continue to win a pair resounds with the Rockets.

So … lemme time weight all the info in this beef … is it fair to conclude there is no bad time to ask your boss for a $15 million invoke? Without further ado, I’m assuming my boss is reading this, can I have a $ 15 million raise? Don’t worry, I’m prepared to have my coherence badmouthed in the press as long as it works out as well for me as it did Hakeem Olajuwon( rings, currency, posters of me in children’s bedroom, etc ).

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