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In this episode Paul Jones speaks with African born athletes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Mamadou N’dyiaye, about coming to America. Olajuwon talks about the cultural differences from Nigeria to the streets of Houston, Texas.
Hakeem is currently living in Amman, Jordan. He is a devote Muslim which makes it very natural and comfortable for him to raise his family in Amman.
We’ll also learn from N’dyiaye how he began in the U.S traveling to Maine and trying to learn the English language all while trying to fit in to basketball.
The center position is one of the most difficult positions to fill on any NBA team. You’ll also learn the length to which scouts will go to find potential candidates to try to lure to the United States.
This is the second part of a 3-part series with Olajuwon and N’dyiaye.
This 24 episode weekly series will take viewers behind the scenes to really meet and understand the members of the 2001 and 2002 Toronto Raptors.
Here are some more episodes to watch:
Eps 30 – Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
Eps 31 – Jerome Williams & Morris Peterson
Eps 41 – Hakeem Olajuwon & Jerome Williams
Eps 51 – Business of Basketball
Eps 61 – Michael ‘Yogi’ Stewart
Eps 71 – Tracy Murray
Eps 101 – Raptors Equipment Manager