During a halftime brawl, Vernon Maxwell remembers that he was Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon. wanted to stab


Known as “Mad Max,” retired shooting guard Vernon Maxwell played with the Houston Rockets for parts of six seasons from 1989 to 1995. That run included a starting role on the franchise’s first championship team in 1993-94 alongside legendary center Hakeem. Olajuwon.

But in the early years, there was apparently at least one night when their partnership could have ended in disgrace, and perhaps worse.

In a new appearance on the podcast “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas,” Maxwell recalled a game in Seattle where police stormed into Houston’s locker room⁠—guns drawn⁠—in the wake of a brawl.

According to Maxwell, the incident started as they walked back to the locker room, and the two exchanged harsh words – with Maxwell wanting more opportunities on the field to shoot. From there, Maxwell says Olajuwon punched him in the face. The interview continues:

I said, ‘Damn, this bastard scared the hell out of me.’ That motherfucker hit me so hard, man, [he] knocked me off the chair.

I jumped up, grabbed my chair and threw it at [that] motherfucker, break the glass in the locker room. Everyone runs away. The police come in with guns drawn, like ‘What the hell is going on here?’

I thought, ‘Damn, they pointed the guns at me during a professional rest.’ At a professional competition.

Maxwell said he grabbed a piece of glass and “will chase Dream (Olajuwon) and stab him,” but between the police presence and the resumption of the match, he didn’t get the chance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6_SRhezAv4
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Luckily for the Rockets, that duo had better days. In particular, Maxwell says that Olajuwon’s conversion to Islam has made him a better teammate over the years.

“Then, [Hakeem] became a Muslim,” recalls Maxwell. “He was so quiet. So humble. So, [he] wanted me to become a muslim. I could not do it. But after that he was a great teammate.”

Maxwell jokingly referred to the incident earlier this season after the widely publicized rest drama starring Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. at Toyota Center on New Year’s Day. “I don’t remember trying to stab anyone, but when I did, it was out of love,” Maxwell tweeted.

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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire