We saw Dikembe Mutombo at NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, toting enough concession food to kill a younger man. Perhaps that’s his secret to longevity in the NBA.
While covering for Yao Ming’s latest foot-based absence last night, Mutombo sent four shots onto a new trajectory in a statistic oft-called “blocks”. Honestly, though, we’d be alright with renaming it “Dikem-NO”.
(There’s a 50-50 chance that’s not a throwback jersey)
After the game, the 42-year-old explained that the kids on the Golden State Warriors (especially teenager Anthony Randolph, who has abused Yao in the past) just didn’t seem to understand what his career has been based around since the late 1950s:
We need NBA Classics to show more of the Mutombo games so some of the youngest guys can learn. Everybody is trying me. I don’t know why. That young boy tried so hard. … He kept telling me, ‘I’m going to get you before the day’s over.’ It’s too bad. He tried, but he didn’t get a chance to dunk on Dikembe Mutombo. He’s not going to be able tell his grandkids, ‘I got Dikembe with one.’
We’re pretty sure at least one of the blocks was so fierce as to render the shooter unable to procreate, Dikembe. That’s just mean.
Yao’s hopeful for the playoffs, which is good news for the Rockets. Mutombo has been a joy in small doses since he came to Houston, but he’s not built for starting throughout the NBA Playoffs. After all, he’ll be old enough to apply for an AARP card by the third round.