Dikembe Mutombo, PJ Brown gather old mobile phones from fans – PHOTOS


Rnba-green-initiative-mutombo-brownetired NBA players Dikembe Mutombo and PJ Brown on Feb. 12 took part in an NBA Green initiative.

Former players participated in the NBA Cares All-Star Community Caravan, at the Sprint Store in Harvey, Los Angeles. The event was held as part of NBA All-Star 2014.

As part of the NBA Green initiative, fans brought their old phones in to recycle and received tickets to NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans.

Children and adults alike were able to take photographs with Mutombo and Brown. Attendees also received autographs from the players and tickets to the NBA Jam Session after dropping off their old phones.

“This is a great initiative to help America go green,” said Mutombo, who serves as a global ambassador for the NBA. Mutombo also said that it is “such a wonderful thing” to be able to support the NBA’s green initiative in New Orleans.

Brown, who spent several seasons playing for the New Orleans Hornets, said it is important to participate in community initiatives. He also said that he enjoys interacting with fans and likes “putting smiles on the faces of kids” through his work in the community.

Many of the fans in attendance expressed excitement about having a chance to meet the players. Below are some photos (from NBA Cares):

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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.

PJ Brown played 15 seasons in the NBA, for New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.

Brown played in total of 1089 NBA games, starting in 990 of them. He holds career averages of 9.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg in 31.1 mpg. Brown won the NBA Championship towards the end of his career, with the Boston Celtics.


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