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Dikembe Mutombo Retires from the NBA

April 22, 2009

dikembeToday we’d like to pay tribute to a person the city of Houston has adopted as a local basketball hero, Dikembe Mutombo. Formally known as Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, the Congo Native joined the Houston Rockets in 2004. The 7 ft 2 in center joined the team after a storied career in the NBA that took him to Denver, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York.

Motumbo,  an NBA veteran with 18 years experience and the distinction of being the oldest player in the NBA, never played like an old man with the Rockets. In a league where players oftentimes tank games and act like prima donnas after getting paid, Dikembe has continued to serve as a an example for his younger teammates. He has also been instrumental in mentoring Rockets star Yao Ming on his way to becoming arguably the best center in the NBA.

Now, after a gruesome knee injury suffered In the second quarter of the Rockets game two loss to the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs, Dikembe Motumbo has announced his retirement from the game of basketball. The NBA, Houston Rockets, and most of all, his fans will miss the raspy-voice, the finger-wagging center for everything he has done for all of us.

Dikembe Mutombo – The Basketball Player – Highlights

·         Second Team: 2001

·         Third Team: 1998, 2002

·         First Team: 1997, 1998, 2001

·         Second Team: 1995, 1999, 2002

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1992
  • 2nd on All-Time NBA recorded Blocks, 3.256.
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, rebounding average: 2000 (14.1), 2001 (13.5)
  • 4-time NBA regular-season leader, total rebounds: 1995 (1029), 1997 (929), 1999 (610), 2000 (1157)
  • NBA regular-season leader, offensive rebounds: 2001 (307)
  • 2-time NBA regular-season leader, defensive rebounds: 1999 (418), 2000 (853)
  • 3-time NBA regular-season leader, blocked shots average: 1994 (4.1), 1995 (3.9), 1996 (4.5)
  • 5-time NBA regular-season leader, total blocks: 1994 (336), 1995 (321), 1996 (332), 1997 (264), 1998 (277)
  • Career averages (as of March 2008): 9.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 2.7 BPG
  • Invited to be a special guest at President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address, commended for his humanitarian aid to his homeland.
  • Oldest player in NBA history to collect over 20 rebounds in a game (March 2 2007 vs. Denver Nuggets)

Dikembe  Mutombo – The Humanitarian – Highlights

  • Graduated from Georgetown with a B.A. in linguistics and diplomacy.
  • He and his wife have six children, four adopted.
  • Mutombo is able to speak English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and five African languages.
  • Started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997.
  • NBA’s humanitarian award in 2001.
  • Paid for uniforms and expenses for the Zaire women’s basketball team during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
  • Mutombo is a spokesman for the international relief agency, CARE (relief) and is the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program.
  • Invited to President George W. Bush’s 2007 State of the Union Address and was referred to as a “son of the Congo” by the President in his speech.
  • Funded the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa, the first modern medical facility to be built in that area in nearly 40 years.

The Funniest Dikembe Mutombo Video You’ll Ever Watch


Hey Now, You’re An All-Star!

August 14, 2008

Well… Smashmouth finally silenced their critics last night. NO, I am not talking about the band Smashmouth but Frenchies’ Finest in Alain Bernard. I talked a lot of trash about him the other day for his bold prediction that the French would “smash the Americans” in the relay but he asked for it. Having to eat crow is why it isn’t the smartest thing to do for professional athletes to make predictions. After all, not everyone can be a Joe Namath.

Irregardless of his bold guarantee, I guess it is time to give Alain Bernard his due. Up until about this time in 2007, nobody had ever heard of Alan Bernard. He was a mediocre swimmer at best competing in backstroke and medley. It wasn’t until he switched to freestyle that his career really started to take off. Now he’s a Gold Medalist in this year’s Olympics, besting the crowd with a blistering time of 47.21 at Beijing’s water cube. Alain, hey now, I guess you’re an all star after all!