Mutombo inducted into NBA Hall of Fame
Iconic former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo has been inducted into the NBA hall of fame.
Mutombo, widely-respected for his shot blocking, was inducted head of the 2015 class.
“I am so honoured to be in the basketball hall of fame. I only want to be remembered as one of the best defensive players to ever to play this game. I think I accomplished that,” said Mutombo, 49.
Congo-born Dikembe was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on 4 different occasions, led the NBA in blocks in 18 seasons.
Famous for his finger wag after blocked shots, Mutombo produced 11,729 points, 12,359 rebounds and 3,289 blocked shots over his career.
“I have worn many uniforms. I want to thank all of my teammates who have helped me along the way,” he said.
“I am proud I was only the third African player to play in the NBA. I came to the USA with nothing and now I am part of NBA history.”
The other players that joined the Hall of Fame alongside Mutombo were Spencer Haywood and Jo Jo White.