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Dikembe Mutombo helps grow the game in Africa


(The Undefeated)
JOHANNESBURG – A busy Dikembe Mutombo, with his 7-foot-2 frame, tried to get comfortable in a chair on Tuesday evening before pulling three cellphones out of his sweat jacket pockets. Two are the Hall of Famer’s personal phones and one is from the NBA in his role as ambassador for the league. Considering Mutombo’s busy NBA job, constant worldwide travel, beloved kids yearning for his time that they will soon get, and his quest to get a group together to buy his old team, the Houston Rockets, he might need four phones now.
With the arrival of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Camp in Africa beginning on Wednesday, there may not be a bigger face promoting the game in Africa than Mutombo. The Democratic Republic of Congo native will be on hand as an ambassador during the second NBA Africa Game on Saturday night with star-studded rosters that include NBA All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker along with Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis against a Team Africa squad that won’t include injured budding star Joel Embiid in uniform.
The 51-year-old Mutombo talked about Basketball Without Borders, the NBA Africa Game, his adopted 7-foot-7 son, his attempt to buy the Rockets, being bullied as a kid, Embiid and more.
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