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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Dikembe Mutombo, Congo > talk From Nba.com: Dikembe and his wife, Rose, have one daughter, Carrie Biamba Wamutumbo, and one son, Jean Jacques Dikembe Mutumbo Mplombo, Jr. They also serve as the adoptive parents for four other children (two boys and two girls). Ever studious, Motumbo earned two bachelor's degrees in Linguistics and Diplomacy from Georgetown University. He was named as one of The Sporting News' top 99 "Good Guys in Sports" in 2000 and 1999. He was also recognized in June, 1999, as one of the 20 winners of the President's Service Awards, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service, sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation. He created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to assist with efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to his homeland (Congo, formerly known as Zaire). He travelled to the Congo in the summer of 2000 as part of his ongoing efforts to build a modern medical facility in his homeland. In 1999, he donated $3 million to start construction on a $44 million hospital, and also shipped $250,000 worth of medical and pharmaceutical supplies and 40 beds to existing hospitals. He toured Africa twice in the off-season as an international spokesman for CARE. In 1999, he won the seventh annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, presented to athletes who excel and help others. He also paid for uniforms and expenses for the Zaire women's basketball team during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Accomplishments: Mutombo was named 2000-01 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, his fourth selection (1997-98, 1996-97, 1994-95). He was also selected for the 2000-01 All-NBA Second Team. He was named to his third NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2000-01 (1997-98, 1996-97). He also made his seventh career All-Star Game appearance in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. In 1999-2000, he led the NBA in rebounding (14.1 rpg) as the first member of Hawks to achieve such a feat since the great Bob Pettit in 1955-56, and ranked second in field-goal percentage (.562) and blocked shots (3.28). Motumbo was named the winner of the 1998-99 IBM Award after leading the Hawks in rebounding (12.2 rpg, third in the NBA), blocked shots (2.94 bpg, fourth) and field-goal percentage (.512). He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1994-95 and 1998-99. He was also named to the All-NBA Third Team in 1997-98 Named to the NBA All-Interview Second Team in 1997-98. He led the NBA in total rebounds in 1999-2000 (1157), 1994-95 (1,029), and 1996-97 (929). Motumbo set an NBA Playoffs record with 31 blocked shots in a five-game series, leading the 8th-seeded Nuggets to a first-round upset of the 1st-seeded Seattle SuperSonics in the 1994 NBA Playoffs. He was also named NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 11/9/97, averaging 15.7 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 4.83 bpg in 6 games. Motumbo was named NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 12/1/96, averaging 19.7 ppg, a league-leading 16.7 rpg and 4.00 bpg in 3 games. He was named NBA Player of the Week for games played 1/24/00 through 1/30/00, after averaging 13.7 ppg and 19.7 rpg!

You Heard Me: The most famous quote attributed to Mutombo is probably, "Who wants to sex Mutombo?" a catch phrase that he allegedly developed as a pick-up line during his Georgetown days. Supposedly, the phrase stuck amid much success with it for Mutombo, and use of it has continued to this day. Although it is arguably chauvinistic, the phrase has achieved cult status among basketball fans of both genders. (from Wikipedia.com)

Dikembe Mutombo Profile

Name: Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacque Wamutombo
Nickname: Mount Mutombo, Deke
Born: 06/25/1966*
Origin: Kinshasa, Congo (former Zaire)
Status: Active
Height: 7-2/2,18m
Weight: 265lbs./120,2kg
College: Georgetown 1991
Drafted: 1991, 1st round, 4th pick by Nuggets
Languages: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as Lingala, Tshiluba and three other African dialects (Amazing!)
Website: Dikembe Mutombo Foundation & InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Denver Nuggets (55), Atlanta Hawks (55), Philadelphia 76ers (55), New Jersey Nets (55), New York Knicks (55), Houston Rockets (55)
Ibn Notes: Finger-waving and sharp elbows on the court, charitable and jolly off it, Dikembe Mutombo is definitely one of the more unique players to have ever played the game.  In his 16-year career Dikembe has handed out no less than five broken noses to fellow opponents unlucky enough to have gotten a close view of his elbows.  The damage doesn't stop there, nor does Deke discriminate in his rapsheet of victims; Vince Carter (head, gut), Michael Jordan (nose), Yao Ming (throat), Patrick Ewing (head), Ray Allen (broke nose)In spite of all his antics, there is no question that Mutombo is one of the greatest shotblockers and defensive players of all-time, being one of  only two players to have won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award four times, (1997-98, 1996-97, 1994-95, 2000-01) the other being Ben Wallace. Dikembe has also been named to six NBA all-star games in his career and has been to two NBA Finals, but has yet to capture the elusive championship.
Ibn Facts: Dikembe Mutombo is one of two NBA players to wear size 22 shoes, the largest basketball shoes in the league, (the other player being Shaquille O'Neal). One of the most frequently asked questions about Dikembe is exactly how old he is.  While in his home country of the Democratic Republic of The Congo (formerly Zaire), Mutombo was helping to build a contemporary hospital for his countrymen when he contracted Malaria, the #1 disease in Africa.  "I think I forgot to take the malaria pills because of overconfidence. I thought, 'I'm born here, I don't have to take the pills.' And the next thing I know, I just couldn't get up." Mutombo said "After I played a preseason game, I almost fainted, and I didn't know why I was continuing to sweat, I took a cab straight to the hospital. The doctor said, 'Take a Tylenol and go to sleep.' Then at two in the morning, my bed was soaked in sweat. I thought I was going to die, so I went back to the hospital."  Mutombo would end up sidelined on the Net's bench, spending about six weeks recovering from the disease.
Dikembe Mutombo Links  From our forum:  Congo Basketball Forum   Articles and other resources: On The Shoulders of a Giant (TIME Europe, 2003), Charting the Damage Done by Dikembe Mutombo (ESPN, 2004), Mutombo Rebounds From Malaria (USA Today, 2002), Dikembe Mutombo Photo Gallery (Yahoo!), Eighth-Seeded Denver Nuggets defeat Seattle (Nba.com), Dikembe Mutombo Profile (Wikipedia)