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Participants in the NBA Africa game honored Dikembe Mutombo with finger wags

Dikembe Mutombo

During his playing days in the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo made a name for himself as a relentless defender near the basket, and became one of the league’s all-time best shot-blockers. He also made the finger wag famous whenever he blocked a shot, reminding his opponents to think twice before attempting to score in front of him.

The Congo native proudly represented not only his home country, but the entire continent he’s from, as he wanted to change the perception of many about Africa. Since retiring, he has made it his mission to change as many lives as he could, and has since been a well-known humanitarian. All his efforts have not gone unnoticed, and before the start of the NBA Africa Games on Saturday, he was honored by the game’s participants by gathering around him at mid-court, and raising their hands, while doing his signature gesture.

☝️ DIKEMBE ☝️

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Mutombo played a total of 18 seasons in the league and suited up for six different franchises, before deciding to hang up his sneakers for good back in 2009. He was named an All-Star eight times during his stellar career, and was also a four-time Defensive Player of the Year winner. The 7-foot-2 center has the second most blocks in NBA history, and will be forever remembered for how he excelled on the defensive end of the floor, as well as being one the pioneers in paving the way for players hailing from Africa, to make it to the NBA.