“A kabillion some odd years ago-ish, the Mayans predicted the world will end on December 21, 2012, which is a terrible idea since we as humans have not even invented a self-combing hair yet.
“Someone had to defend our planet and prevent this from happening. And that defender had to be me: Dikembe Mutombo.
“For 4 1/2 weeks, I will courageously battle to save our world and, with your help, carve addition time into the Mayan calendar to buy us more time on the earth. That’s why this game is called: “Dikembe Mutombo’s 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World.”
That picture with the story — Mutombo playing the flute with a dove on his hand — is from the game. Each week a new level of the game is unlocked, this first week it is Mutombo saving us from the latest South Korean dance craze. The second week involves a random turkey and science bear tell you how to kill blurgies in a mine.
Right now as you read this, somewhere a rookie NBA player is lugging a veteran’s bags around a hotel. Possibly while wearing a pink Hello Kitty backpack.
Jalen Rose is becoming the NBA’s best alumni story teller, breaking down some walls and telling us what really goes on with things like rookie hazing. So here is Rose talking to Grantland about the hazing that goes on around a team and how Dikembe Mutombo used to call him up at all hours when he had an “adult situation.”
While we do have a general rule about not having Colin Cowherd on this blog in any form, it is balanced out by Dikembe Mutombo (and Michelle Beadle). This is a great collection of Mutombo blocks (and it doesn’t even include things like the block of an Andrew Bynum hook shot).
What I miss with the NBA gone are the moments that make me smile. That can be the beauty of the extra pass or the fast defensive rotation, but often it’s just to watch someone with the physical ability to do something few if any others can do. Which is what Mutobo could do.
Video: NBA stars head to Africa for Basketball without Borders
Growing basketball — and in the NBA’s eyes it’s brand of basketball — in Africa is rife with challenges.
But for a decade now the NBA has been trying through its Basketball Without Borders program. Trying to find something through sport that can help unite people all over the continent that has been ravaged by draught and war. Trying to spread a love of the game.
Recently a trio of former Georgetown stars — Dikembe Mutombo, Patrick Ewing, and Alonzo Morning — went to Africa to promote the game. Below is some video of their trip. Enjoy.
But they pale in comparison to what the combination of draught and war has brought upon people in parts of Africa.
Dikembe Mutombo — who has worked hard for people in his native Congo — is now calling for help for the people of Somalia. There a terrible drought — the worst in 60 years — is driving people to refugee camps, and they do not have the resources to meet all the needs.
…Mutombo expressed the need for people to not only donate to the cause, but to spread the word and raise awareness regarding a situation that isn’t going away. The Guardian recently reported that about 1,400 Somalis arrive in (the camp at) Dadaab every day.
“How many more children have to die,” Mutombo asked, “before we react?”
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