22
Apr
09

I Wanna Be Like Mutombo

He stands 7 foot 2 inches and is way past 40. He has played for 18 years in the NBA, the last 5 seasons with the Houston Rockets. He went down with a “career ending” knee injury in last night’s playoff game. He isn’t covered in tattoos. He speaks like the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. He doesn’t choke coaches, shirk practice, or bad mouth his team. He speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and five African languages. He served as an intern for The World Bank and for the Congress of The United States. He has 6 children (4 adopted), Through his Foundation and largely from hi own contributions, Dikembe opened a 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, the Congolese capital of Kinshasa. His stat pack for the NBA is pretty impressive:

  • 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)

I wanna be like him. We need more folks like him… everywhere.

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1 Response to “I Wanna Be Like Mutombo”


  1. April 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I am awed by this man. He started something like 1,092 games. I don’t think I’ll live long enough to see 1,092 games. And while lots of NBA types have foundations of one sort or another, Mutombo did a whole lot more than just write checks.

    If there’s anyone else like him out there, I hope our local NBA team snags him, and quick.


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