Dikembe MutumboPlayoff Stats: 10 G, 0 GS, 1.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.9 BPG, .467 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 9.0 PER
After an injury-plagued solo season in New Jersey, the Nets bought out the remaining two years on Mutombo’s contract. Usually players give up money to avoid playing in New Jersey, but the tables were turned in this instance: the Nets ended up paying him nearly $30 million dollars to play anywhere else. The four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year would play one season with the Knicks before spending his final five seasons as Yao Ming’s backup in Houston.
After retiring from the NBA, the Congolese immigrant continued the considerable charity work he performed in Africa during his playing days. In 2012, he ran into a bit of controversy when a United Nations report named him as part of a failed gold deal in his home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The failed business venture landed a considerable sum of money to a Congolese militia leader wanted by the International Criminal Court.
More importantly, Mutombo appeared in a 2013 Geico Auto Insurance ad parodying his penchant for blocking shots.
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