The NBA revealed that Dikembe Mutombo, a basketball legend and hall of famer is receiving treatment for a brain tumor in Atlanta. For many years, Mutombo has served as one of the NBA’s international ambassadors. He recently made appearances at the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In a statement his family said, “Dikembe Mutombo is receiving the finest care possible for his brain tumor from a collaborative team of doctors in Atlanta. He is in excellent spirits as he begins therapy. Dikembe and his loved ones want privacy as they tend to him. They appreciate all of the kind thoughts and prayers.”
However, the family has not commented on any additional questions, such as what led to the discovery of the tumor. Atlanta Hawks primary owner remarked that we believe he will face this assignment with dedication and tenacity.
During his 18 years in the NBA, Mutombo played for many teams including the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks. The 7-foot-2 center from Georgetown averaged 9.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in his career. He has named an eight-time All-Star, four-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-NBA pick.
Since his retirement from the NBA at the end of the 2008–09 season, Mutombo has devoted his time to helping others. When the two were in the Congo, Blinken praised Mutombo, saying that you’ve done so much to bring the world together.