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.”
February 28, 2021 | 4:16 pm EST Update
The Chicago Sun-Times reported this month that several teams were intrigued with the idea of Thaddeus Young bolstering their bench, as well as providing a versatile frontcourt option to close games. He would be an instant boost for teams going for that late-season push, such as the Heat or Knicks.