Dikembe Mutombo has brain tumor, getting treatment in Atlanta

Mutombo, 56, spent 18 seasons in the NBA, playing for Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and the then-New Jersey Nets.

ATLANTA — Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo is being treated for a brain tumor in Atlanta. This was announced by the NBA Saturday.

Mutombo has been one of the NBA’s global ambassadors for years, recently appearing at Hall of Fame entrenching events in Springfield, Massachusetts and at two preseason games in Saitama, Japan.

In August, he appeared with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at an event in Congo, Mutombo’s home country.

“He is receiving the best possible care from a collaborative team of specialists in Atlanta and is in high spirits as he begins treatment,” Mutombo’s family said in a statement distributed by the NBA. “Dikembe and his family are asking for privacy during this time so they can focus on his care. They are grateful for your prayers and good wishes.”

The family gave no further details, including the reason for the tumor’s discovery.

Mutombo, 56, spent 18 seasons in the NBA, playing for Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and the then-New Jersey Nets. The 7-foot-2 center from Georgetown was an eight-time All-Star, four-time Defensive Player of the Year, three-time All-NBA selection, and was inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame.

Mutombo last played in the 2008/09 season and has since worked extensively for charitable and humanitarian causes. Blinken praised him when the two were in Congo together, telling Mutombo, “You’ve done so much to bring the world together.”

Mutombo speaks nine languages ​​and founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997, which focuses on improving the health, education and quality of life of the people of Congo. His foundation oversaw the construction of a 170-bed hospital in Kinshasa, the capital, and that facility has treated nearly half a million people, regardless of their ability to pay for care.

He has also served on the boards of many organizations including Special Olympics International, the CDC Foundation and the National Board for the US Fund for UNICEF.

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