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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 ($215,326,561*)
Speaking to Yahoo Finance Live, Dikembe Mutombo singled out Africa as a critical growth market for the league, given its demographics. More than 60% of the population is under the age of 25, making it the youngest population in the world. “This is a dream come true,” Mutombo said. “More than 800 million people living on the continent are under the age of 24 years old. So, we have a chance to grow this game before [the population] reaches 2 billion people.”
As a global ambassador for the NBA, Mutombo has played a critical role in building the league’s brand around the world. But the launch of NBA Africa is more personal, given his connections to the continent, he said. He’s hopeful the new entity will encourage more investors to bet on the future of Africa. “I’m putting my money where my mouth is,” Mutombo said. “The best place for [investors] to come [invest in] is the continent of Africa. But that goal will not happen, if we African people do not invest in ourselves. What we have to do, is to build more arenas, build more facilities where our young people can go, and develop and become a great basketball player. We cannot sit and wait for the NBA, to come do everything.”