Former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon back with new 'Dream'

February 13, 2013 4:53:17 PM PST
It's been nearly 18 years since the Houston Rockets last celebrated an NBA title. But Hakeem Olajuwon remembers it all, and the Hall of Famer is back with a new venture. It's something he's wanted since he was growing up in Nigeria.

"From a long time childhood dream," Olajuwon told us.

And what a dream it is. The old Jim West Mansion off NASA Parkway was refurbished and restored detail by glorious detail to showcase the finest of everything, from clothing to leather goods.

"The creativity of creating unique pieces of products, where if somebody comes to the mansion, for example, you don't know what to expect," said Olajuwon.

He has immersed himself in every detail of The Dream line.

"This is the creativity," he said.

From the Porsche snaps on the Italian leather bags to custom made clothing, one of the greatest basketball players can't get enough of a new pursuit of excellence.

"My passion for design, which is this. This is like playing basketball for me, you know," Olajuwon said.

His custom clothing line reminds him how far he's come from the early days when he bought six scarves to have sewn into one shirt that fit.

"It looks like you've seen it before, but you don't know where. But it was a scarf before. Now it's a shirt," he said.

Now he travels to fashion shows from New York to Paris with the same reaction every time.

So many see him only on this stage, leading the Rockets to back-to-back NBA titles. Nearly two decades later, his joy comes in sharing that moment with Houston.

"The celebration of the whole city where everybody was experiencing the same thing at the same time. You know?" Olajuwon said. "Where the joy from the heart of the people. And expressing it towards each other."

Olajuwon looks like he could still play and he does. He says he looks forward to seeing old friends at the All-Star Game, maybe finding new Dream clients. The $225 Italian leather basketball shoes come with instructions for his patented move

But of course, there's only one Dream.

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