Olajuwons' bond more than basketball

Hakeem never wanted Abi to feel she had to play, but he is thrilled she did

Originally Published: June 19, 2010
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

Their relationship wasn't that of Dad being home from work at 6 p.m., reading stories at bedtime, chasing "monsters" from closets. It wasn't rebounding missed shots on the driveway rim, or sitting in the passenger seat looking outwardly calm but inwardly roiling as the new driver makes use of her learner's permit. It wasn't those daily experiences, mundane and remarkable.

But neither that sad cliché of the famous father too busy and self-absorbed to do much more than ...

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