As a rookie, Cassell was called-up to play for the Rock…

As a rookie, Cassell was called-up to play for the Rockets in most of the pre-season games. The young Cassell was so hyped up heading into his maiden NBA experience only to get baffled by Olajuwon’s poor pre-season showing. “In my rookie year, we go 0-7 in the preseason,” Cassell said on Point God with Baron Davis. “We lose by 40 to GP [Gary Payton] and Seattle [Supersonics]. I remember calling my boy and saying, man, Hakeem Olajuwon, sorry as s–t. He was 3-12 and only got 3 rebounds in 15 minutes. He got 3 rebounds, not knowing veterans didn’t take preseason serious[ly], they used the preseason to get in shape. [Because] Back then, the preseason was a full month.”
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