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Vernon Maxwell tells story of police breaking up fight between him, Olajuwon — at halftime

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The depth of the NBA offseason is the time when the wildest stories of years gone by come up.

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Enter 13-year-old NBA veteran Vernon Maxwell, who participated in the podcast “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” and recounted the story of the wild halftime fight between him and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. This is the story that Maxwell has already told in ““Right Time with Bomani Jones” podcast (hat tip Matt Young for Reminder).

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The Rockets were on the road in Seattle playing the SuperSonics, and according to Maxwell, the first half was terrible. Maxwell complained to teammates that he didn’t have enough touches – he even spat on the floor – and when Olajuwon found out about this, he came up and punched Maxwell in the face in the locker room in front of their teammates. We’ll take Maxwell’s comment from there:

“I said, ‘Damn it, that bastard beat the crap out of me.’ That bastard hit me so hard, man, he knocked me out of my chair. I jumped up, grabbed my chair and threw it at [that] motherfucker, break the glass in the locker room. Everyone runs out. Police come in with guns at the ready, like, “What the hell is going on here?”

“I was like, ‘Damn, they pointed a gun at me during my pro break.’ On a professional game.

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Maxwell also said in the pod that he took the glass shard and planned to stab Olajuwon, but the police came, then the game restarted and he never did.

Maxwell said the atmosphere and Olajuwon changed after he converted and became a Muslim.

“After that, he became a Muslim. He was so quiet. So humble. So, [he] wanted me to become a Muslim. I couldn’t do it. But after that, he became a great teammate.”

Maxwell and Olajuwon have won two titles with the Rockets. Olajuwon was an iconic big man who eventually taught future generations how to do footwork on duty. Maxwell’s story on the break probably didn’t come up in these sessions.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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