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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. Denver Post

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. Denver Post

Q. Did you want to play your entire career here? A. "Yes, I was very happy. It was great, because I end up falling in love with nature. Colorado offers you that. You get a chance to see the summer and the winter in the same day. And you can escape to the mountains, you can go to Vail, Boulder, you can go to the casinos, Steamboat - you have all of those great cities here." Denver Post

March 27, 2015 Updates

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! Larry Brown Sports

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David Letterman sent ‘Late Show’ intern Todd to the NBA All-Star Game, and between trying on Dikembe Mutombo’s clothes, finding out how sweaty Patrick Ewing was, and angering Kevin Durant, Todd more than justified the decision. Seriously. Kevin Durant really didn’t like him. For The Win

February 14, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

Ethan J. Skolnick: Dikembe Mutombo on being named a Hall of Fame finalist: "To me, it is a dream come true." Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

February 12, 2015 Updates
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Dikembe Mutombo, like Yao Ming, is taller than a lot of people. One of those men is Prince Harry. In some combination of haste and ignorance, The Sun labeled Mutombo as Carmelo Anthony (of the “New York Nicks”), who is listed as six inches taller than the Prince (6’8″ vs. 6’2″) and thus does not tower over him to the same extent. The Big Lead

January 12, 2015 Updates

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." NBA.com

October 28, 2014 Updates

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. Bloomberg

October 20, 2014 Updates

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. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 8, 2014 Updates

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 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. NBCSports.com

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