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Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson claims he had never heard of Hakeem Olajuwon before Hall of Famer praised him

Mitchell Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon

The New York Knicks’ 2018-19 season was seemingly over before it even began. However, they still have something to be happy about in rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who has been the lone bright spot for the team as he impressed on the defensive end of the floor.

While Robinson, who was selected by the Knicks in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, has become a block machine, it appears as though the up-and-coming big man has at least one flaw — he apparently had never heard of Houston Rockets legend and Hall of Fame NBA center Hakeem Olajuwon before this week.

Leading to such a discussion, “The Dream” recently praised Robinson and his well-rounded game.

“I love his game,” Olajuwon originally told Marc Berman of The New York Post. “He has a presence in the middle. He can close down the middle with his energy, skill level, how he moves. Not too many players have that impact as a shotblocker. On the court you know he is there. Fantastic player.”

As a result, Mitchell Robinson admitted that he had never hard of Hakeen Olajuwon despite receiving such high praise from a legend of the game.

“When the praise was relayed to Robinson, the just-turned 21-year-old from Chalmette (La.) High, which is four hours from Houston, admitted he never heard of Olajuwon,” reads an article from Marc Berman of The New York Post. “Robinson was 4 years old when Olajuwon retired in 2002. The young teammates surrounding Robinson in the locker room razzed him for not being up on his NBA history.”

Still, how is that even possible?