Former Congolese pivot Dikembe Mutombo (56) is suffering from a brain tumor, the NBA announced on Saturday. “He is receiving the best possible care from a team of specialists in Atlanta and has an excellent state of mind, indicates the North American League in its press release. Dikembe and his family ask that their privacy be respected during this time. »
NBA boss Adam Silver also sent a message of support: All our thoughts and prayers go out to Dikembe, one of the world's great humanitarians. ».
Aged 56, Dikembe Mutombo played in the NBA for 18 years, from 1991 to 2009, and reached the finals twice, in 2001 with the Philadelphia Sixers (loss to the Los Angeles Lakers) and in 2003 with the New Jersey Nets, which have since become the Brooklyn Nets (loss to the San Antonio Spurs). From the height of his 2,18m, the Congolese native of Kinshasa has risen among the best defenders in the history of the NBA.