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Stein's Daily Dime: Rockets delay Hakeem's party

The Rockets will honor Hakeem Olajuwon. Just not on the same night as Yao Ming's debut.

Originally Published: October 21, 2002
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Nothing has changed in Toronto. Don't expect Hakeem Olajuwon to play another NBA game.

Plans are a little more fluid in Houston. Don't expect Dream to be feted with a sendoff at Compaq Center on Nov. 2.

The Houston Rockets are definitely eager to throw a Dream Appreciation Night sometime next month, or whenever Dream decides to officially end his career. The Rockets simply prefer not to throw it on the same night Yao Ming plays his first home game in Rockets pinstripes.

In fact, ...

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