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Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo
Position: None
Born: 06/25/66
Height: 7-2 / 2.18
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Q: Did you workout for the Nuggets prior to the draft? A: No, I didn’t. They had already watched me enough. I think Bernie Bickerstaff and the management team had done good research on me and to know where I was coming from and what my goals and objectives were, so I didn’t really have to workout for the Nuggets. They knew what kind of player I was going to be because of the institution that I came from.
The NBA is set to become the first U.S. professional sports league to visit Cuba since President Barack Obama ordered diplomatic relations between the countries to be restored. The league will hold a four-day development camp and host clinics for youth from April 23-26. Recently retired two-time MVP Steve Nash, newly elected Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, and former WNBA star Ticha Penicheiro will take part, along with NBA coaches Quin Snyder of Utah and James Borrego of Orlando. The league said it will make an official announcement on Tuesday.
Q. You said earlier that the ending to your time in Denver was “one of your regrets.” A. “It’s one of the regrets of my career because my choice was to stay here. When was I was playing here, the success I was having here — the success I was having off the court and on the court — gave me the opportunity to be in the playoffs and playing with some great teammates. There was no envy on the team. Everybody was just happy to be a part of the Denver Nuggets and wear the Nuggets uniform. “I didn’t get an offer. Today we see the superstar of a team getting an offer even before the season is done. But the Denver organization said, ‘You know what, we thank you for your five years, but we don’t want nothing to do with you again.’ It was shocking.
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Q. Since Carmelo Anthony left, in 2011, it seems like star players don’t view Denver as a top destination. Are you surprised by that? Dikembe Mutombo. “I’m shocked to hear that. It’s not like I left Denver on my own. This is really a beautiful city. It’s a great basketball town. We sold out; it was really tough to get a ticket to a game in the ’90s when I was playing here. I think it’s just about the commitment of the player and their personality. It’s something the city and the fans and the owner need to look at: What can we do as a community, a business, as people to ensure that those who come here to Denver appreciate the city and get a chance to enjoy it. You see the success the Broncos have, you see the success the Nuggets had in the ’90s — I don’t see why we cannot bring the momentum back. I think the moment will come for this city to have a great basketball team again.
Dan LeBatard and Bomani Jones have been on a quest to get to the bottom of the story and even made some headlines last year when they got Deke to go on record and address the rumor. Mutombo at the time dismissed it as “crap,” but now we’re hearing otherwise. Former longtime NBA center Alonzo Mourning joined “Highly Questionable” and was asked about the “Who wants to sex Mutombo?” line, and the man couldn’t keep from laughing. After a little bit of pressuring, he did concede that Mutombo used to say it and actually used it as a pickup line. Best part of all? He says it worked!
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Kentucky coach John Calipari and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2015 class. The Hall of Fame announced its 2015 nominees Saturday. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6. Calipari and Mutombo are joined by longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time All-Star Kevin Johnson, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White, four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews as finalists.
And former Nuggets and Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo also has interest in the Hawks, though it is not known whether he’ll be part of one of the existing bidding groups or try to form one of his own. It is the competition itch each had while a player, expressed by other means. “It’s the biggest opportunity of my life,” Webber said Saturday. “This is bigger than a chance to make the NBA. I take it that serious. And the mentors that I have, I appreciate that they believe in me. But I take it that seriously. If we don’t get it, it’s gonna hurt. Believe me, we will be involved in the community and connecting with it, but I still want to win a championship. So as long as I get a ring, yeah, I’m still competing.”
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The NYC Marathon field will have a slightly taller look this year as the National Basketball Association joins in to promote physical activity throughout New York’s five boroughs. The NBA will hold a relay, pairing league celebrities with local youth runners to complete the Nov. 2 race in 24 legs, league Commissioner Adam Silver and Mary Wittenberg, chief executive officer of race organizer New York Road Runners, said yesterday at a pre-race luncheon. Silver, a two-time NYC Marathon finisher, will run the first leg with 14-year-old Staten Island resident Lauren Pitarresi, while Dikembe Mutombo, the 7-foot-2 center who played for both the New York Knicks and then-New Jersey Nets, will run the final leg of the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) race.
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Former Hawks player Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks. The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the process. Talks are ongoing. The group may also consist of other former NBA players. They hope to meet with the NBA commissioner’s office in the near future.
Looking for a little humor in this Bruce Levenson situation? Try visiting his profile page on the Hawks official website. That’s the site’s default display for any invalid URL – try http://www.nba.com/hawks/insertanywordshere, and you get the same result – but it’s a little funny in light of the circumstances. The Hawks have clearly pulled Levenson’s official profile from the site, though you can see a cached version here if you’re really interested. Even though he still owns the team, it’s probably best for everyone involved both sides keep their distance. And if you try to connect them, Dikembe Mutombo will be there to finger-wag you away.
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The most famous quote ever attributed to Dikembe Mutombo has nothing to do with his basketball career, but has become an urban legend of sorts nonetheless — and with good reason. It’s impossible to argue that the idea of Mutombo walking into a bar as a college student at Georgetown and yelling out in a deep, guttural, Cookie Monster-esque tone the phrase, “WHO WANTS TO SEX MUTOMBO?” isn’t hilarious. But it seems to have never actually happened. Mutombo seemed determined to set the record straight, and his disappointing dispelling of the story can be seen in the video clip above.
Where are they? A look at the whereabouts of members of the 1993-94 Nuggets: Coach Dan Issel: Working in the oil and gas industry for a Windsor company. Broadcaster for a couple of Nuggets games this season. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf: Lives in suburban Atlanta. Gives private basketball training sessions. LaPhonso Ellis: College basketball analyst at ESPN. Tom Hammonds: Went into drag racing after 12-year NBA career. Briefly owned a car dealership in South Carolina. Now in the construction business in Florida. Reggie Williams: Resigned in September as coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. Rodney Rogers: Paralyzed as a result of a dirt bike accident in 2008. Lives in North Carolina. Brian Williams (Bison Dele): Presumed dead after disappearing during a sailing trip in 2002. Robert Pack: Assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bryant Stith: Assistant coach at Old Dominion University. Dikembe Mutombo: Humanitarian and NBA global ambassador.