Dikembe Mutombo stated that his career was over last night after a devastating knee injury in a playoff game between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers. Mutombo, who is the league's oldest player, is in his 18th year in the NBA and has played for six teams. He is an eight-time All Star and is second all-time on the NBA career blocks list.
Mutombo is a great ambassador for the game of basketball and will be remembered most for creating the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and opening the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa, his birth city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has also participated in events for Basketball Without Borders, CARE and the United Nations Development Program.
Known as a great teammate, Rockets' players poked fun at Mutombo before a game last year:
Mutombo was also a great Hoya. Dikembe spoke very little English when he arrived at Georgetown in 1987. He did not play basketball in his first year and used the time to learn the language and get accustomed to his new country and life. He joined the team the following year and played three years on the Hilltop. In 1991, his senior year, Dikembe led the Hoyas in scoring and was a Third Team, All-American. After the season, he was drafted fourth overall by the Denver Nuggets. Dikembe is 8th in rebounds and 3rd in blocks on the Georgetown All-Time Career Lists. He also has the highest career field goal percentage. Dikembe is a proud example of a Hoya Alum who used his education and skills to make a significant difference in the world around him. Now, feel free to insert Who Wants to Sex Mutombo comments/stories below.