David Stern Appoints Dikembe Mutombo Global Ambassador for the NBA

November 21st, 2009 by Jeff Shull Leave a reply »
I know this is somewhat old news, and as such, this article may not see much traffic.

But I don't care. I have been thinking about how to approach this article since the story broke, and I felt the best way to do so was to just explain to people the life that Dikembe Mutombo has lived.

Mutombo was known for his tough, defensive play. The four-time defensive player of the year was not shy about letting his presence be felt on the court, as well as making you look bad in the process.

The famous finger wave is what I will always remember, especially during his days with the Rockets.

I will never forget him doing the finger wave when he blocked Shaquille O'Neal one game, then Shaq did the same later in the game and was awarded with a technical foul. The reasoning was Dike had learned to wave his finger to the crowd, rather than at the player.

But this article is not about his on-court achievements.

Dike is one of the great humanitarians of our time. He rarely thinks of himself before others, and was never shy about his philanthropy. Although he made millions as an NBA star, he never forgot where he came from.

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