NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo Receives Brain Tumor Treatment

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NBA Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor in Atlanta, according to an NBA statement.

Mutombo, 56, is a beloved player and a longtime global ambassador for the league. “He is receiving the best possible care from a collaborative team of specialists,” the statement said, which also said he was in “good spirits.”

Her family are asking for privacy as they focus on their care during this time.

True NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo to undergo brain tumor treatment in Atlanta -USA TODAY Sports

The impact of Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo is so iconic that the idea of ​​defense is synonymous with his name. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year popularized his classic finger move after his countless rim denials.

A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mutombo spent 18 seasons in the NBA, playing for Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and the New Jersey Nets.

Only starting to play basketball at age 17, the 7-foot-2 center from Georgetown was an eight-time All-Star. A three-time All-NBA selection, Mutombo was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mutombo’s son Ryan is now following in his footsteps, playing center Georgetown at exactly the same height as his father.

Six-time NBA All-Star Pau Gasol reacted to the news on Twitter.

“I pray for a full and speedy recovery, dear Dikembe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,” he said. wrote.

The 42-year-old recently drew comparisons to Mutombo during an impressive Euroleague performance last summer.

A true global representative of the league, Mutombo has publicly argued for the “great potential” of NBA expansion in Africa.

He recently appeared at Hall of Fame events in Springfield, MA and a few pre-season games in Saitama, Japan. Even in its entrepreneurial activities, Mutombo tries to create more opportunities for women and people of color with Mutombo coffee.

Mutombo also appeared with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at an event in Congo in August. In his retirement, Mutombo devoted himself to humanitarian efforts there. He built a hospital that offered people cataract surgery and knee replacement surgery. He even organized thousands of free cervical and breast cancer screenings for women. His foundation is currently building a high school in Congo with a focus on medicine and science.

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