Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Hello and welcome to Dikembe's Finger. The blog will discuss current NBA topics, with an emphasis on basketball in the 90s and early 2000s. In short, if you wish the NBA was still on NBC then this is the place for you.

Why Dikembe's Finger? Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (better known as Dikembe Mutombo) was a 7'2" center who became one of the league's best shot-blockers during his career. He played for the Nuggets, Hawks, 76ers, Nets, Knicks, and Rockets from 1991-2009. He is best known for his distinctive voice and famous post-block finger wag.

Mutombo is known for his humanitarian work. Amongst other things, he started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Congo and participated in the Basketball Without Borders program. He earned the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009. In 1999, he was selected as one of 20 winners of the President's Service Award, which is the nation's highest honor for volunteer service. Mutombo is a spokesman for the international relief agency, CARE, and is the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program. He also opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, a $29 million compound in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.

All he did off the court was great but he was also a great defensive center. He represents everything a basketball player should be. To prove it, here is Dikembe Mutombo in action...

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