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Worrell watched Olajuwon go from a raw 6-10 curiosity as a freshman at UH to one of the best centers in the game. Olajuwon went to three consecutive Final Fours as member of the Cougars’ Phi Slama Jama teams, then led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.
"Hakeem was the greatest natural athlete I believe I ever saw,’’ Worrell said. "There just wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He came in scoring, then he found out he couldn’t do that and win championships so he was scoring and rebounding, then he became a great shot blocker. Every summer he would go down to Fonde Recreation Center and play against Moses Malone and those guys and he would come back to the Rockets with a new shot.