Mount Mutombo

29 01 2010

Dikembe Mutombo interview

Dikembe Mutombo is famous for wagging his right index finger after blocking a shot.

As I stated in a prior post, I interviewed Dikembe Mutombo at the NBA Store on Wednesday. Mutombo was there with NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier to help introduce Right Guard as a founding partner of iHoops, otherwise known as the official youth basketball initiative of the NCAA and NBA. Right Guard is launching the Right Guard Total Defense Challenge, which is a nationwide search for the best defensive stopper in the country. (I believe this is focused on high school basketball.)

Mutombo’s presence at the press conference was sensible in that he’s not only a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year recipient but also an incredibly generous philanthropist. He paid $15 million out of his own pocket to help fund a hospital in his hometown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He just won the Coach John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream award on Martin Luther King Jr. Day — President Obama was there to congratulate him — for his contributions to community service. And Mr. Mutombo is a hell of an entertaining interview since he sounds like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.

If there were ever one athlete to hold as the model by which all others should carry themselves, it’s Dikembe. Enjoy our chat.

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