Posts Tagged ‘Dikembe Mutombo’

Atlanta Hawks debut Dikembe Mutombo-themed court projection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at halftime of their win over the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo‘s number 55. But really, the entire evening was a tribute to Mt. Mutombo, with the players wearing a “55” patch on their jerseys and Mutombo himself back in the House of Mutombo. And to start things off the right way, the Hawks began the night with a Mutombo-themed court projection video, which was pretty awesome…

VIDEO: Mutombo court projection


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

This week the Posterized Poll is dedicated to the patron saint of POSTERIZING, the great Dikembe Mutombo. Tonight the Atlanta Hawks host the Boston Celtics (8:00 p.m. EST, TNT), and during a special ceremony the Hawks will retire Mutombo’s number 55 jersey. Mutombo had plenty of highlights during his time with the Hawks, as you can see in the video below.

VIDEO: Mutombo ATL

Congratulations, Dikembe Mutombo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This weekend, Dikembe Mutombo is being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. I thought I’d share a story.

Two years ago, on Saturday afternoon at the All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, I swung by a hotel ballroom that adidas had transformed into a lounge for the weekend. You spend so much time running from event to event at All-Star, finding a place where you can just sit and chill for ten minutes is honestly a real treat.

So I strolled into this room, with a DJ spinning in the corner and dark, dramatic lighting, and made for a big couch I spotted in the corner. As I approached, I realize there was already someone sitting on this couch: Dikembe Mutombo.

I covered the end of Mutombo’s time as an Atlanta Hawks center when I was just beginning my career, and always enjoyed getting a chance to catch up with him.

Mutombo was holding an oversized muffin, and was just taking his first bite as I sat down next to him.

“What’s up, Deke?” I said.

Mutombo, his mouth full, silently nodded greetings back.

“Have you been running around all weekend?” I asked.

More nods and chewing. No words.

“Wow, you must really be hungry. You’re really doing work on that muffin.”

Another nod. Another bite. Chewing.

“Well, I’d shake your hand but I’m afraid I might lose a finger.”

And at that point, Mutombo reached up his right hand and gave me his signature “no” finger wag. And we both laughed.

Here’s a claymation tribute the Atlanta Hawks posted to Twitter. Congrats on getting elected to the Hall of Fame, Dikembe. Couldn’t happen to a better person.

Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Dikembe Mutombo speak out against wobbly tables

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve all been there — you sit down at a restaurant to enjoy a nice meal, and the next thing you know, your food is rocking back and forth. Wobbly tables are widespread throughout the restaurant world, and Jimmy Kimmel managed to find a few NBA stars willing to speak out against this scourge. Here’s Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and Dikembe Mutombo speaking out against this important issue…

VIDEO: Kimmel table

Dikembe Mutombo blocks President Clinton

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Since retiring from the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo has been something of a global ambassador for the NBA, traveling the world and raising money for charities. He’s also become a great seat-mate at NBA games, such as a few weeks ago in Brooklyn when Mutombo sat next to Prince William. At the All-Star Game on Sunday, Mutombo sat next to former President Bill Clinton, and at one point Mutombo stood to cheer and delivered yet another block…

Dave Chappelle says the Warriors are the best

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Everywhere you look at an All-Star Game, there are celebrities. For instance, I still remember last year when I got stuck behind Dikembe Mutombo in line at the concession stand. So it’s not much of a surprise that some of the Warriors’ social media team ran into Dave Chappelle. And right there on the streets of New York, Chappelle showed his allegiances…

Throwback Thursday: All-time blocks leaders

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Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Blocks Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time blocks leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: All-time blocks leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders

Which of these players would you most want to make a win-saving block for your squad? Leave your comments below!

NBA players from Georgetown give back in big way

Rockets v Grizzlies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The list of NBA players who played their college ball at Georgetown University is long and impressive: Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, Iverson, Hibbert. And that’s just for a start. The common thread for most of those guys, besides the University itself, is longtime coach John Thompson Jr., who coached many of them (or did his son, John Thompson III).

In the spring, Georgetown announced that it would break ground on a state-of-the-art athletics facility named for Coach Thompson. Since the announcement, several former Hoya basketball players have announced they would be donating money to help make the facility a reality. Last week, Jeff Green kicked in a million dollars, and Patrick Ewing and his longtime agent David Falk joined together to give over $3 million. And then yesterday, it was announced that Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be kicking in a million dollars as well. As Hibbert told the Washington Post, “It’s important for me to give back as much as possible. I actually gave [Thompson Jr.] a call, and then we talked for a little bit today, wished him happy birthday. He was a big part of my development at school. He always said what was on his mind. He was out pushing me to be a better player. Obviously he’s a legend.”

Nice to see these guys willing to give back in such a substantial way.

Dikembe Mutombo and Amir Johnson dancing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Thanks to the Toronto Raptors, here’s a video of Amir Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo dancing while visiting the SOS Children’s Village in Johannesburg as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders initiative. I think Mutombo wins this dance-off…

The house of Mutombo is still the house of Mutombo

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Clippers/Nuggets game was notable in that not only did Denver snap L.A.’s 11-game win streak, but it was also a throwback night in Denver. Both teams played in cool retro uniforms, as the Nuggets recognized the 20th anniversary of their 1994 team that upset the Seattle SuperSonics.

With several former Nuggets on hand, including Reggie Williams and LaPhonso Ellis, it only made sense for Denver mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion to bring out Dikembe Mutombo to help with a dunk attempt. What happened next was pure Mutombo

VIDEO: Mutombo/Rocky