Saturday, May 17, 2008

1996 Upper Deck USA SP Career Statistics #S6 Hakeem Olajuwon

USA! USA! USA! We all know that Hakeem Olajuwon comes from Nigeria. In fact, in 1979, he played for the Nigerian junior national team in the All-African Games.

In 1993, Hakeem became a United States citizen. Generally that would make him eligible to play for the USA national team, but because he had played for the Nigerian team, there was a question of whether that would disqualify him. Fortunately it was decided that since he was under the age of 18 when he played for Nigeria, he could play for Team USA. Olajuwon played in the 1996 Olympics where the team went undefeated.

Today's card is the 1996 Upper Deck USA SP Career Statistics #S6. This is a die cut card with a metallic finish on the front. Hakeem appears to be throwing up a weak hook shot in front of an American flag. The back features another posed photograph with full career statistics.

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