07:20 AM ET 11.20 | Hakeem Olajuwon, many years before bringing on NBA stars as pupils, was, of course, a pupil himself in Nigeria. "The game was introduced at my school and I learned it from scratch," Olajuwon said. ... The Hall of Famer was speaking Tuesday from Nigeria, where he was helping to launch a basketball initiative for youth. Even from half a world away, though, Olajuwon was thinking about the struggles of his current pupil, Howard, who he mentored in the offseason after the big man signed a four-year, $88-million free agent contract with the Rockets, Olajuwon's former team. "The truth is that I can't wait to get back to Houston to do more work with Dwight," said Olajuwon, who left Houston in early October to return to his home in Amman, Jordan and has been keeping track of his pupil on TV. "I wish he was doing a better job."