Dikembe Mutombo names two NBA centers who were tough to play against

mutombo-bwOn Dec. 3, former NBA player, Dikembe Mutombo was caught in the LaGuardia airport by TMZ, who asked him about the NBA centers whom he was excited to play against.

The eight time All-Star thought for a second, and then named two, also former NBA centers that were “tough” for him to play against. And no, Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t one of them.

“It was tough to play against Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing. You knew they were going to score 30 or so points,” Mutombo said, smiling.

During his 18 year playing career, “Mt. Mutombo” was one of the most intimidating shot blockers and rebounders of all time, leading the league in blocked shots five times and rebounds four times.

Mutombo was an eight time All-Star and appeared in the NBA Finals with the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in 1196 NBA games (997 started), averaging 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per contest.

Mutombo led the NBA in blocks per game in 5 consecutive seasons. In 99-00 and 00-01 seasons, Mutombo also led the NBA in rebounds per game.


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