Dikembe Mutombo Rumors

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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.
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.”