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NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo shares that he has a 7’7″ son

Dikembe Mutombo

With all the attention the son’s of some NBA legends have been receiving of late, many have not been taking any notice of the fact that Dikembe Mutombo has a 17-year-old son that stands 7-foot-7, and is currently in his junior year in high school.

The former eight-time All-Star shared, via Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, that he has adopted one of the participants from last year’s Basketball Without Borders Camp in Africa, who hails from Congo. He has brought him to the U.S. and is now attending a private school in Maryland, where he is also continuing to be trained. Mutombo is also hopeful that he will follow his footsteps and attend Georgetown next year.

“I adopted one of the kids last year. He is from Congo and he is 7-7. He is 17 years old. He was in the [2016] camp and he was doing so well, but not doing as well as he should be. I looked at myself and said, ‘I used to be like that.’ I wanted to give this kid a chance because so many people gave me a chance, too. So, I put him on a plane and I took him to the U.S. We put him in a school, we’re feeding him. We’re giving him everything and he is going to a private school in Maryland. I am so proud of him. Hopefully, next year he will go to Georgetown.”

Mutombo has six children in total, four of them adopted. He is a well-known humanitarian and has dedicated himself to finding ways on how to improve life in Africa. Hailing from Congo himself, he knew at a young age that he was lucky to have received a lot of help, which made it possible for him to play basketball in the NCAA, and make it all the way to the NBA.

Now retired, he is hopeful that he can also change the lives of a lot of people in the continent he’s from. It may start with his 17-year-old son, but he hopes the opportunity he will give him will only be the start of more windows opening for young Africans, who also want to make it big someday in whatever field they want to pursue.