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Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo
Position: -
Born: 06/25/66
Height: 7-2 / 2.18
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Earnings: $143,666,581 ($213,945,047*)
Julius Randle, a five-year league veteran who signed with the Knicks this offseson as a free-agent, David Fizdale, the Knicks’ head coach, and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo were also present at the India Day Parade in NYC. In 2014, Sacramento Kings’ co-owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé attended the India Day parade along with Sim Bhullar, the first player of Indian-descent to play in an NBA game.
An emotional Dikembe Mutombo hugged NBA commissioner Adam Silver and, in his raspy voice, said: “You made my dreams come true.” The realized dream was Silver announcing the arrival of the NBA-driven Basketball Africa League (BAL) in 2020. Silver, who described himself as a “tireless advocate for Africa,” made the announcement at NBA Africa’s annual luncheon during NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday. It is the NBA’s first professional league outside of North America.
“We did this because players like Dikembe pointed to the opportunity that existed, not just in basketball, but the sports industry throughout the continent,” Silver told The Undefeated. “He and I have been there together at least four times since I’ve been commissioner. And through conversations with FIBA and local ministers of sport, we realize that there is enormous opportunity to continue to grow the game.”
Falk: From the very beginning Billy Hunter was very, very opaque. He did not provide much information. He didn’t communicate much. I told my clients, “Listen, this is your livelihood and if I can’t access Billy, then you have to get involved and know what’s going on and sit down and plan out strategies on how to protect your interests.” They’re intelligent people. Patrick is a very intelligent man. Juwan Howard is a very intelligent man. Alonzo is a very intelligent man. Dikembe Mutombo is a very intelligent man. People accused me of trying to hijack the union—you couldn’t pay me a billion dollars a year to run the union. I have zero interest in doing that. But I think if I’m going to do my job for my clients, it’s important that I understand the dynamics of what’s going on. And so that’s why I had to get involved.
When NBA Hall of Famer and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo, a Congolese American who has built a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was visiting his homeland recently, he noticed that people weren’t shaking hands with others who came from areas in the DRC where Ebola virus is spreading. “The fear is there, of not knowing who has it or where the risk is,” he said, describing the Congo’s current outbreak, now the second-deadliest in history.
Mutombo, who at 7-foot-2 has to duck under every doorway he encounters, was at Emory University Hospital Jan. 18 to tour the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) and talk with Emory infectious disease experts. “I am delighted to see this facility I’ve heard so much about,” said the former Atlanta Hawks player, who lives in Buckhead. “We are about to launch a new pathology lab at our hospital (in the DRC) so I am also very interested in the attached clinical laboratory.”
The little boy who came over from the Congo — with a major assist from retired NBA star Dikembe Mutombo — is on the operating table right now, and by day’s end, he could be tumor free. TMZ has learned 8-year-old Matadi went into surgery Sunday at 11:30 AM PST at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. We’re told the operation is expected to last around 6 hours. His family is at the hospital waiting on word from doctors.
Dikembe Mutombo flew an 8-year-old boy from Africa with a large tumor on his face — who’s been shunned by society — to Los Angeles … so he could be operated on by a team of American doctors. TMZ Sports saw Mutombo at LAX … when he told us the heartwarming story. The NBA Hall of Famer says he met the young boy back in September at the hospital he built in Congo … and immediately knew he wanted to help.
Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, a fearsome 7-foot-2 center in his playing days, said Tuesday he was moved to tears at the sight of Jerusalem’s ancient walls. Mutombo, who hails from a devout Christian community in Congo, described his first visit to the holy city as an emotional experience. He said he thought about his parents, who died before they could see the place they had spent their lives reading about in the Bible.
In the decade since his retirement, Mutombo has invested millions in philanthropic causes in his native country and abroad. He said he feels at home in his new role as a humanitarian ambassador, especially since the NBA’s golden days of defense are long gone. “All the young kids these days shoot hoops like they’re shooting guns,” he said. “I wouldn’t have lasted more than a year.”
Here’s more from the Nuggets on the uniforms: In 2018-19, the current update of the City Edition uniform was a joint project between the Denver Nuggets and NIKE. The new design is meant to honor the classic design while modernizing it to fit the Mile High City’s advancement, evolution and modernization that is taking place in the present era. The return of the Rainbow Skyline uniforms marks 25 years since the design was originally retired as the team’s main uniforms. The last time the Nuggets team wore the classic version of the uniform was for a one-night-only special event during Dikembe Mutombo’s jersey retirement ceremony on Oct. 29. 2016. Per the Nuggets, the team will wear the City Edition uniforms seven times this season, with the first game coming on Nov. 13.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame attended a reception hosted by the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the NBA leadership, team owners and players. Participants included Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner; Larry Tanenbaum, NBA Chairman of the Board of Governors; owner of the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto FC; Wes Edens, Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks; Masai Ujiri, President of Toronto Raptors, and Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Hall of Famer.
BL: When did you first realize that you could be an ambassador for basketball in Africa? DM: I think on my draft day. Being the third NBA player from Africa, I have a responsibility to make sure that all the kids on the continent would play the game, that they did play, and also would get a chance to make it to the NBA because my challenge in life was to make sure that I was not the last Dikembe Mutombo playing in the NBA or the last Hakeem Olajuwon. And so I was making sure that we keep that door open for the next generation and I think that I did a good job of that.
Former NBA centers Dikembe Mutombo and Brendan Haywood believe the Dallas Mavericks hit a grand slam last Friday when they signed DeAndre Jordan to a one-year, $22.9 million contract. … Mutombo told Mavs.com that Jordan has the skills to clog up the middle and create havoc inside the paint for anyone with the audacity to drive to the basket. And that, he said, will be a huge bonus for the Mavs. “I like him,” said Mutombo, who played in the NBA from 1991-2009 and is in Las Vegas to watch the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 20018. “If they can play the perimeter game and leave him in the middle by himself, that will give him the room to get 20-30 rebounds every night.”
Mutombo, who led the NBA in rebounding in 2000 and ‘01, and in blocked shots in ‘94, ‘95 and ’96, is fascinated by all the ground Jordan covers while patrolling the paint, and by the intimidating force with the way he finishes his dunks. “That kid can dunk the ball, and can jump,” Mutombo said. “I’ve never seen so many people who can jump higher than him. If he can be in Dallas — a team that can shoot from the outside — that will give him the room to do whatever he want to do in the middle, because he’ll have room to continue to dominate.”
Dikembe Mutombo built a hospital, named after his mother, Biamba Marie, in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. He brought a team of doctors to Congo to conduct knee replacement surgery and cataract surgery for people in Congo. He has arranged for thousands of free cervical and breast cancer screenings for women in his home country. Next on Mutombo’s life mission: he wants to build a high school in his hometown with a focus on medical science and research. “Helping others is a family tradition,” Mutombo told USA TODAY Sports. “I’m carrying on a legacy that was passed on from my grandparents to my grandparents and to us. It represents where I came from. It represents my people, as we call it the Luba people. I’m glad I’m doing a good job for them.”
No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, and only three teams have managed to come all the way back to force a seventh game: the 1951 New York Knicks against the Rochester Royals in the NBA Finals, the 2003 Portland Trail Blazers against Dallas in the first round, and the 1994 Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals against Utah. Mutombo was a member of that Nuggets squad. And he had the most iconic image of his career in an upset against the top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics in the previous round, when he embraced a basketball while lying on his back to celebrate rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win the next three games. “I told him, ‘You have to keep [the] faith. We did against Seattle. You can do it,’ ” Mutombo told Yahoo Sports. “It’s not over until that lady comes — and she has to sing.”
For Luc Mbah a Moute, visits with Olajuwon have a more personal meaning as one of the inspirations for his career. Mbah a Moute, a native of Cameroon, said he even cites the examples of Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo coming out of Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo when he speaks to young players in Africa. “They set the example,” Mbah a Moute said. “When I say they, Hakeem and Dikembe, to name those two pioneers, they are the reason why we’re here. You can name Manute Bol, as well. I think all African players, we all looked up to him. They paved the way, especially him because he went to college here, him and Dikembe. They pretty much paved the way for guys like me to be here. I’ve always looked at him as an inspiration to pave the way with other kids, kids I’ve been involved with so far.”
During Tracy McGrady’s Basketball Hall of Fame photoshoot, his former Rockets teammate Dikembe Mutombo had jokes to crack. First Mutombo talked about how McGrady was a bad man, then he mentioned the time he broke his nose. The 51-year-old said in the NBA video: “And too bad I broke his nose too. So people talk about the 22 noses. He was the last victim. I apologize. So if I didn’t break his nose, he wouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame. He showed people how tough he is and he came back.”
“We did raise a lot of money. I raised close to $2 billion, but we just didn’t get a call, and it happens,” Mutombo said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I was very happy with myself. I’m not crying for the fact that we didn’t win. I’m more happy that I was able to pull people together who did believe in my vision to put up that much money. I might be disappointed, but I’m not crying. Things happen, and sometimes they happen for a good reason.”
He believes Leslie Alexander, who owned the franchise for 24 years, made a great choice in selling to Ferttita. “I’ve known Tilman for a long time,” Mutombo said. I”‘m happy he got the team. He’s a great businessman. I think he’s going to follow the spirit of Uncle Les and his vision. I look forward to going to the games and cheering for my Rockets.”
One of Fertitta’s competitors to buy the Rockets was another Houston billionaire, Dan Friedkin. The owner of Gulf States Toyota said in a statement last month he had expressed an interest in exploring the purchase of the Rockets. Several former Rockets stars have expressed some level of interest in being part of a Rockets ownership group, including Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes, all members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bloomberg reported last month entertainer Beyonce, who is from Houston, was considering investing in the Rockets. Alexander has owned the franchise for 24 year
Storyline: Houston Rockets Sale
Dikembe Mutombo: “I remember in ’97 when I said I was going to build a hospital in Congo. People said, ‘Are you crazy? You’re a basketball player. What do you know about medicine? Be careful about a hospital. People die.’ I said, ‘People die everywhere. But I’m going to try to save as many lives as I can.’ … So I sat down with a group of scientists, scholars, and they helped me build this hospital, and we’ve treated more than 260,000 women and children and is still running by itself financially. I can sit there and say, mmm, I did it. Sometime in life, you have to be driven and push yourself to excellence.”
What is the latest news in your quest to buy your former Houston Rockets with an ownership group? Dikembe Mutombo: I’m working on it. I’m really close with three potential investors. I need three potential investors. I need three people. My thing will be having three good investors. I’m looking for people who can put a half a billion [dollars] … If you have three or four of them, that’s good. Or one person that can put more than everybody.
Storyline: Houston Rockets Sale
Dikembe Mutombo: People are talking about Angola. Angola has some great facilities that we might use in the future. We are looking at some of the logistics of how we are going to build. We are looking at some of the testing in some of the area. I don’t think the game will continue to be played here in South Africa. We will seek another part. Maybe in Senegal or Nigeria one day.
Mutombo said the people he is speaking with are receptive to the idea of attempting to purchase the Rockets franchise. “A lot of people think it’s a great thing,” Mutombo said. “It’s a great opportunity. “Now it’s just a question of the number,” he said laughing. “There’s going to be a lot of discussion and a lot of cash. “I missed my opportunity two years ago with the Atlanta Hawks.”
Storyline: Houston Rockets Sale
Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo, who played the final five years of his career with the Houston Rockets and retired in 2009, said he is working on putting a group together that he hopes will try and buy the Rockets franchise. Owner Leslie Alexander put the Rockets on the market on Monday. “I’m working on it,” Mutombo said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I’m talking to a lot of people already since (Monday). We’ll see. “I’m just talking to the people who can cut the check and they can make me be part of it. I’m working on that.”
Storyline: Houston Rockets Sale
Also, Nowitzki made a contribution to the Foundation of former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo, whose $29 million, 300-bed hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo opened in 2007. “Mutombo started a hospital in his home country of Congo, so I was actually one of the first contributors to that,” Nowitzki said. “We gave him a check – I think it was at an All-Star game one year – maybe my first All-Star game we gave him a large check, and that hospital, later on, was up and running and helping people in need. “Dikembe has been a good friend of mine, so I was glad to help there. But that’s obviously just one project we supported with the Foundation.”
In addition to paying to bring 20 young student-athletes – such as Tshisumpa – to America, Biyombo has seen to it that 150 Congolese students a year in his hometown of Lubumbash gain entrance into high schools that can feed their growth. Just like wagging his finger after a blocked shot, helping make a difference in the lives of others is a nod to Mutombo, his boyhood hero who he spent time with back in the Congo over the summer. “I actually did (talk to Mutombo about the finger wag) in the Congo and we had a long conversation about it,’’ Biyombo said with a laugh. “He’s my big brother and I love him. I have so much love for him for the things that he does for kids back home and he inspires them. So I just love him. (Wagging the finger) is the way to keep his legacy alive.’’
The Denver Nuggets retired the No. 55 jersey of finger-wagging, shot-blocker extraordinaire Dikembe Mutombo in a halftime ceremony on Saturday night. Mutombo was drafted by the Nuggets with the No. 4 overall pick in 1991 and played five seasons with the team. Besides his trademark finger wag, Mutombo is probably best remembered for lying on the court, clutching the ball over his head, after the eighth-seeded Nuggets upset top-seeded Seattle during the 1993-94 playoffs.
The Rockets final practice in Shanghai on Saturday was followed by an NBA Cares Event with Special Olympians, an event that also brought former Rockets centers Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo together again. “I’m excited to come here to see Yao, the Rockets and many old friends,” Mutombo said. “Yao is my former teammate, one of my best friends. I had played for the Rockets for a couple of years and had many memories there. All of us are here, like family reunion.”
As part of the 2016-17 home-opener festivities, the Denver Nuggets will retire former legend Dikembe Mutombo’s #55 jersey, President and Governor Josh Kroenke announced today. Mutombo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015 and will become the fifth player and sixth representative in team history to have his number enshrined in the rafters. He joins fellow Nuggets greats Byron Beck (#40), Alex English (#2), Dan Issel (#44), David Thompson (#33) and Doug Moe, who coached the team to a franchise-record 432 wins. This will mark the first time that the Nuggets have retired a player’s number at Pepsi Center.
The NBA players will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo); former NBA players Charlie Bell (U.S.), Jason Collins (U.S.), Olumide Oyedeji (Nigeria); and former WNBA players Astou Ndiaye-Diatta (Senegal) and Jenn Lacy (U.S.). “We are pleased to partner with FIBA to bring the 14th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa to Angola for the first time,” said NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall. “Africa’s growing basketball ecosystem led to a record 10 African players on NBA rosters at the start of last season and five African players selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. This year’s camp will once again provide young players from across the continent with the tools to succeed on the court and in life.”
It was a tweet that had been suggested in an email, which Mutombo forwarded to For The Win, sent from a team staffer in the event that the team did win the lottery. “As you know tonight is the NBA Draft Lottery and we are all excited and hopeful we walk away with the #1 overall pick,” the email read. “To help create excitement for the team, would it be possible for you (or whoever controls your account) to post a congratulatory tweet in the event we do get the #1 Overall Pick? I know you have ties to many teams, but none of which would be in the running for the #1 pick this year.”
There were sample tweets provided, along with a suggestion to just retweet the 76ers account. Mutombo said he was busy and didn’t read the email carefully, but wanted to be supportive so he posted the tweet. When he realized his mistake minutes later, he immediately took it down. “Sorry, guys,” he tweeted. “Got excited about the @sixers odds and got ahead of myself.Still keeping my fingers crossed for tonight.”
Storyline: Draft Lottery
For historical context, Whiteside’s blocked shots average would be the highest in the NBA since Alonzo Mourning averaged 3.91 for the Heat in 1998-99, when a lockout shortened the season to 50 games. Over a full 82-game season, Whiteside’s average would be the highest since Dikembe Mutombo swatted away 4.49 per game in 1995-96. In the 42 seasons since the NBA first started tracking blocks as a statistic, the league leader has averaged at least 4.0 blocks per game on 13 occasions. But all 13 happened over the first 23 seasons (1973-1996). Mark Eaton did it three times, and Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon and Manute Bol achieved it twice apiece.