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Dikembe Mutombo | Center

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (51) / 6/25/1966
Ht / Wt:  7'2" / 261
College: Georgetown
Drafted: 1991 / Rd. 1 (4) / DEN

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Dikembe Mutombo is working on putting a group together to make a bid to buy the Rockets.
"I'm just talking to the people who can cut the check and they can make me be part of it, " said Mutombo. "I'm working on that. A lot of people think it's a great thing, it's a great opportunity. Now it's just a question of the number. There's going to be a lot of discussion and a lot of cash." Prior to signing James Harden to a massive extension and wooing away Chris Paul from Los Angeles, the Rockets were valued by Forbes at $1.65 billion, so Mutombo will need to scrape together quite a bit of cash to make a realistic proposal. Wed, Jul 19, 2017 11:53:00 AM

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The Atlanta Hawks announce they will retire Dikembe Mutombo's number in November.

After declaring September 1, 2015 as Dikembe Mutombo Day, the Hawks announced they will retired Mutombo's number during a game against the Celtics on November 24. "It’s the most shocking to me," Mutombo said. "I didn’t know the Hawks were going to retire my jersey. I can’t believe it. It’s going to be a great day." While this news doesn't affect fantasy owners, we can only hope Mutombo will give a trademark finger wag during the November ceremony.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 11:54:00 AM

Dikembe Mutombo had surgery on Monday to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left knee.

Mutombo was the oldest player in the league this season, but he has announced his retirement after 18 brilliant years in the league. He was named to the All-Star team eight times but will be equally remembered for his trademark finger wag and humanitarian efforts.
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 06:58:00 PM

Forty-two-year-old Dikembe Mutombo said he has retired from basketball after rupturing a quadriceps tendon in his left knee early in Houston’s loss to Portland in Game 2 of their playoff series on Tuesday.

Mutombo played for six teams, was named defensive player of the year four times out of his 18 seasons. He ranks 17th in rebounds (12,359) and second in blocked shots with 3,289 - second to Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830). The finger wag will be missed.
Thu, Apr 23, 2009 08:34:00 PM

Dikembe Mutombo will soon undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left knee, ending his 18-year NBA career.

Mutombo said his career was over before the MRI results were known. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award four times and is second all-time in blocked shots, behind only Hakeem Olajuwon.
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 10:46:00 PM

Dikembe Mutombo says his career is over due to the devastating knee injury suffered on Tuesday night.

"For me, basketball is over," he said. "Nobody ever thought they'd be carrying the big guy out like a wounded soldier," he said. Mutombo's 18-year career, which was mostly injury-free, came to an end last night when his left knee buckled. It's been called a patellar tendon tear, although that's yet to be confirmed by the Rockets.
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 09:09:00 AM

Dikembe Mutombo, who was set to retire at season's end, suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee in Tuesday's game according to, which will end his NBA career.

Mutombo got tangled up with Greg Oden while going for a rebound and went down in a heap before being carried off the court on a stretcher. Mutombo was the league's oldest player a great humanitarian, and things were very emotional when he was being evaluated in the training room in Portland.
Tue, Apr 21, 2009 10:54:00 PM

Dikembe Mutombo started in place of Yao Ming (sore right foot) and had 10 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in a win over the Warriors on Friday.

Mutombo played a season-high 36 minutes, but is likely not worth owning as Ming's injury is not believed to be serious. The Rockets remain .5 games up on the Blazers for the No. 3 seed in the West.
Sat, Apr 11, 2009 01:33:00 AM

Starting in place of Yao Ming (flu), Dikembe Mutombo had one point, six rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes on Monday.

With Yao questionable to return on Wednesday, Mutombo could have short-term value in a very deep league, but belongs on the waiver wire in most formats.
Mon, Mar 16, 2009 11:06:00 PM

Newly resigned Rocket Dikembe Mutombo made it clear he's no fan of Yao Ming's recent penchant for taking charges on defense.

"I’m very critical," Mutombo said. "Those are bull. I told him that. He’s too tall to be taking charges. He needs to learn to play defense without using his chest. You don’t block a shot with your chest." If anyone knows a thing or two about shot blocking, it's Mutombo.
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 09:30:00 AM

Dikembe Mutombo saw his first action of the season on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the Lakers with four points and one rebound in four minutes.

Mutombo is going to get spot minutes backing up Yao Ming, and he only warrants attention in the absolute deepest leagues.
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 11:39:00 PM

Dikembe Mutombo has signed with the Rockets for the remainder of the season.

Mutombo could post decent numbers in rebounds and blocks in the event of an injury to Yao Ming, but otherwise should be left alone unless you're playing in a 30-team league.
Tue, Dec 30, 2008 03:12:00 PM

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said on Friday that he doesn't expect Dikembe Mutombo to sign with Boston this season.

The Celtics are more interested in a big man who can contribute on both ends of the court, like P.J. Brown did last season. That leaves San Antonio and Houston as the most likely destinations for Mt. Mutombo.
Sat, Dec 27, 2008 10:17:00 AM

Free agent center Dikembe Mutombo said recently that he intends to sign with either the Celtics or the Spurs this season.

"I will be in Boston or San Antonio by the end of the year," Mutombo said at a recent fund-raiser for his hospital in the Congo. He isn't going to play many minutes no matter where he lands, though his rebounding and shot blocking might come in handy in very deep leagues.
Wed, Dec 24, 2008 01:30:00 PM

Celtics coach Doc Rivers confirmed the Celtics interest in acquiring veteran big man Dikembe Mutombo.

"We're over the [salary] cap so it's tough for us to do a lot of stuff, but we're looking at everybody," he said. Rivers said it was clear Mutombo was coming back, but predicted he would wind up with Houston.
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 09:28:00 AM