Former NBA player and the second all-time leader in blocked shots, Dikembe Mutombo made a guest appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast. ‘Mount Mutombo’ shared many exciting stories from his college and NBA career and disclosed why he started with his famous finger wag that epitomized an ultimate taunting move that was later banned in the NBA.
Mutombo played in an en era when dominant centers ruled the league, even though Michael Jordan ruled everyone during his reign in the NBA. Despite coming into the NBA at the age of 25, Mutombo immediately made an impact and was recognized for his outstanding defensive skillset. His ability to block shots was like no other, and with his imposing stature, he established a reputation of a shot blocker.
During his earlier days, especially in college, Mutombo was sort of a one-dimensional player rough on the edges needed to polish his game. Luckily for him, Georgetown University was always an excellent college for centers, and his coach was the legendary basketball coach John Thompson. On top of that, Mutombo said it was none other than Patrick Ewing, who helped him a lot during that period enabling him to expand his game and learn what it means to be a true professional.
‘I give a lot of credit to Patrick Ewing. Every summer, Patrick would come and stay on campus for like a month and workout with me and Alonzo. Patrick would take us outside, and we would train for 5-7 hours a day, 3 hours in the morning, 4 hours in the afternoon. He was like guys if you want to make it to the NBA, this is what you must do. You gotta go in the morning and do three hours of cardio and weight lifting. Come back in the afternoon, go run on the soccer field for an hour and then go play basketball for three more hours. It was fights every day.’Dikembe Mutombo, via Knuckleheads Podcast
By working out with Ewing, Mutombo could get a glimpse of what it will be like competing on the highest level. Luckily for him, Ewing was one of the best in the league at that time, so he could have a fast course in learning what it means to be an exceptional basketball player Mutombo later became. With 8 All-Star selection and numerous individual accolades, Mutombo established himself as an outstanding competitor and a player ready to challenge any player at the rim.