Dikembe Mutombo: Not In My House

Dikembe Mutombo: Not In My House

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Throughout his 18 year career, Dikembe Mutombo hated getting scored on. Nothing has changed…take a look at this moment at a Denver game a couple weeks ago, when he was supposed to feed the ball to the Nuggets mascot.

Fun Facts About Dikembe Mutombo: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work.

2) The 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), 260-pound (120 kg; 19 st) center is commonly referred to as one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of all time, winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times; he was also an eight-time All-Star. On January 10, 2007, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the league's second most prolific shot blocker, in terms of career blocked shots, in NBA history, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon. In the second game of the first round of the 2009 NBA playoffs, Mutombo suffered a knee injury that kept him out for the remainder of the postseason. Soon after the injury, Mutombo announced he had played his last game in the NBA.

3) Mutombo attended Georgetown University on a USAID scholarship, and his original intention was to become a doctor; however, the Georgetown Hoyas basketball coach John Thompson recruited him to play basketball. He spoke almost no English when he arrived at Georgetown and studied in the ESL program. He became an excellent college center, continuing Georgetown's tradition of producing great big men. He was a celebrated shot blocker at Georgetown, setting a team record of twelve blocked shots in a single game. Building on the shot-blocking power of Mutombo and teammate Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown fans created a "Rejection Row" section under the basket, adding a big silhouette of an outstretched hand to a banner for each shot blocked during the game.

You can meet Dikembe and Jalen Rose Tuesday night at the Sprint Mobile Store in West LA.

Sprint Store – Beverly Super Center in West Hollywood
364 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif. 90048

Twitter: @officialmutombo    @sprint     @NBAGreen

You can join in on the conversation using #NBAGreen

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