April 22, 2009
Mutombo says his career is over

Aw, rats.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of Dikembe Mutombo's career came during the 1994 playoffs when he was lying on the floor holding a ball in the air in joy after leading the Denver Nuggets to a titanic playoff upset of top-seeded Seattle.

Mutombo found himself lying on the floor again Tuesday night, this time pondering the end of his career.

Mutombo, 42, was carried away on a stretcher in the first quarter of the Rockets' 107-103 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 with what he said was a career-ending left knee injury.

"It's over for me for my career," said Mutombo, who will be examined by team doctors when the Rockets return to Houston today.

An eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time Defensive Player of the Year, Mutombo is one of the game's great humanitarians and had a distinguished 18-year career with Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Houston.

"It's not something that I planned," he said. "All I can say right now is I had a wonderful run of 18 years and stayed injury-free. I thank God a lot for all this blessing and putting such great people around me for all of my career in the NBA. I'm just happy.

"I have to go out with my head high and not be disappointed and have no regrets. I have so many things I can be so thankful for over my 18 years."

Tiffany was a student at Georgetown while Mutombo played there for John Thompson. She says he was as popular and beloved then as he is here and as he has been at every stop in his NBA career. Thanks for all you've done, Deke. We'll all miss having you as part of the Rockets. ClutchFans has more.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 22, 2009 to Other sports

Okay Charles this...

Tiffany was a student at Georgetown while Mutombo played there for John Thompson.

...is just impossible.

Deke is 42 and unless Tiffany started G-town at age 8 there's no way they could have been at school at the same time. And you tell her I said that. ;-)

Posted by: Patrick on April 24, 2009 12:30 PM

I'm sure she appreciates the sentiment, Patrick. :-)

For the record, Mutombo was at Georgetown from 1988 to 1991, and so they did most definitely overlap.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on April 24, 2009 1:47 PM
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