HoopsHype Dikembe Mutombo rumors

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

April 9, 2014 Updates

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. NBCSports.com

March 16, 2014 Updates

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. Denver Post

March 1, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Nuggets Retired Numbers: (2) Alex English (33) David Thompson (40) Byron Beck (44) Dan Issel (432) Doug Moe Guessing Dikembe Mutombo next. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

February 28, 2014 Updates
January 14, 2014 Updates

The Grizzlies will be honoring a trio of former NBA players in Bernard King, Dikembe Mutombo and JoJo White as part of Memphis’ celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday. The Grizzlies are hosting their 12th annual celebration day on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday when they play the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday afternoon. King and White will be honored for their work for civil and human rights with the annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy award. Mutombo, honored in 2007 who could not attend until now, also will take part in events presented by the Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum and both the city of Memphis and Shelby County. Washington Times

December 8, 2013 Updates

Nelson Mandela wasn't taking visitors. He was pushing 90, the famed vitality fading, but was told that a group there to see him in Johannesburg included Dikembe Mutombo. "He met with us, and he was just so happy to see me," Mutombo, the great former Nuggets center, said by phone. "He said, 'Mutombo my friend, how are you doing?' There were all these NBA players and coaches, and they all were shocked — 'Madiba remembered your name?' He said, 'Thank you very much for what you're doing in Africa. How's the hospital?' To hear that coming from Mandela, it was something I will never forget." Denver Post

"He shared with us so many things, and I will take that experience with me to my grave," Mutombo said. "I got a chance to meet the great leader, the great man of faith, the great hero — not just for Africa, but for the world. "This man spent 27 years in jail, was about to run for presidency of the new South Africa and he decided to meet with us. He believed that sport was the way to bring white and black South Africans together. Mandela unified the nation through the sports — sports can change the community, sports can change the world. It can change a human being with how they think, how they look at each other." Denver Post

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Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo's outrageous caper to score millions in a shady gold deal got a flight attendant arrested for SIX weeks in the Congo ... according to a new lawsuit filed by the woman. We won't wade too deep into details, but basically Mutombo was allegedly hoping to score $10 million by flipping Congolese gold -- and it all went haywire when wanted warlord Bosco Ntaganda got involved. TMZ.com

According to her suit, flight attendant Kelly Shannon was part of the crew aboard the plane Mutombo chartered to fly his associates and $7 million to pick up the gold ... back in February 2011. In the docs, Shannon says their departure from the Congo was delayed for 2 days, and when the gold was finally being loaded onto the plane ... armed guards showed up, arrested everyone, and held them at a hotel for the next 42 days. Mutombo (aka Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo) was never on the flight, but Shannon's lawsuit accuses him of being reckless for sending her and the crew into a situation he knew would be dangerous. TMZ.com

April 4, 2013 Updates
February 14, 2013 Updates

Dikembe Mutombo thinks he deserves induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 7-foot-2 Mutombo will be eligible beginning in 2015 after his retirement following the 2008-09 season. He ranks second on the NBA's career blocked shots list (3,256), behind only Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830) and he says surpassing every player but Olajuwon on that list should alone merit inclusion into the Hall. Mutombo was also a four-time defensive player of the year, an eight-time All-Star and twice the league's top rebounder (2000-01). "If you can see my name just below one of the great basketball players to ever play for this league," he said Wednesday, "for me to come this close to breaking his record, I don't see why I cannot be on the same bus with him. That's how I look at it." CBSSports.com

"At the end of my journey, I see myself as a Rocket," he said. "That's where I ended my career, and also the organization that did so much for me. They knew I had a vision and I went to work for the owner, who's a man who believes in philanthropy and believed in me as a player." Mutombo says his hospital has become one of the best in Africa, with 185 beds and state-of-the-art equipment. He says it's treated patients from nine different countries on the continent and he's close to securing an agreement under which U.S. diplomats could receive medical care there. "We're very pleased with this dream," he said. "Sometimes, I sit down and I cannot believe that it is a reality - that a young man like me was able to build a hospital in the continent that is going through so much, and a country that is going through a civil war. Somehow, the hospital survives." CBSSports.com

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