Mutombo: "For me, basketball is over"
Old 04-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo said his lengthy career is finished after a knee injury knocked him out of the Rockets' playoff game Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"For me, basketball is over," he said.

Mutombo, an 18-year NBA veteran, appeared to get tangled with Portland center Greg Oden and came down hard on his left leg late in the first quarter of Game 2 and did not return.

He stayed prone on the court under the Blazers' basket for several moments before he was taken away by stretcher. A preliminary examination revealed a knee strain.

Afterward in Houston's locker room, the 7-foot-2 veteran was on crutches and fighting back tears.

"Nobody ever thought they'd be carrying the big guy out like a wounded soldier," he said.

Mutombo, the league's oldest player at 42, will be examined by doctors in Houston on Wednesday.

"Dikembe is one of the statesmen of this league," teammate Shane Battier said. "There's not a better guy. To see him in pain is tough to see. He cares so much about this game that he doesn't want to end his career like that. That's the tragedy of it, too."

Mutombo is an eight-time All-Star who won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award four times and stands in second on the NBA's career blocks list with 3,289. He has played for Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Houston.

In 1,196 career games, Mutombo has averaged 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.

Moreover, Mutombo is known for his humanitarian work. He founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997 to benefit the people of his homeland of Kinshasha in the Congo. In 2007, he opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center there, named after his mother.
link: Injured Rocket Dikembe Mutombo: 'Basketball is over' - ESPN
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Kudos to the guy - Its a darn shame, but he had a productive career
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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one of the greatest shot blockers and rebounders and defenders. i'd honestly lost track of the guy and thought he'd retired already and i'd just missed the announcement.
such a sad way to end your career not on your own terms.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think he might stay with Houston to coach Yao as he does already
maybe he coaches another center like Ewing and Kareem do
could also stay in Africa to work with his foundation

very good defensive player
all around good person and humanitarian

I will miss his blocked shots
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What a sad way to go out.

Same as Barkley - on a stretcher in a Rockets uniform.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Classic.

Battier sounds like a hybrid of Yoda and Schwarzenegger.
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Watched the game last night and it really was a harmless play. It sucks that he has to go out that way though. I could see that inspring the Rockets.
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It seems like it kind of took the wind out of the Rockets' sails last night but over the course of the playoffs it should be a source of inspiration.
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good ol' Dikembe.
his finger wagging was pure gold.
it was such a great taunt (and due to the respect he got) he would never get a tech... and that just made it even better.

he should be proud of what he's accompliched in the NBA.
although he was unfairly categorized to be the next Hakeem or Ewing, he still put up solid numbers throughout his career.
i remember i had his rookie card and thought it was going to be priceless in 20 years.... that didnt turn out, but still worth maybe 10 bucks.
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I'll give you $7.50 for it.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'll give you $7.50 for it.
its this one...


i remember finding it in my pack when i was like 13 and jumping for joy!!!!
that excitement, my friend, cannot be bought for a mere $7.50.

for $12 bucks though.....
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that is a brutal, brutal tie.
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What are the chances of a team drafting a 25 year old senior with a top 5 pick these days?
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the blazers did it last year with Greg Oden.


Literally .

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the blazers did it last year with Greg Oden.
Yeah, but Oden had just finished his sophomore season and he was 35.
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Yeah, but Oden had just finished his sophomore season and he was 35.
um, wrong Acie... he was 40.

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