Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo is present process treatment in Atlanta for a brain tumour, the NBA introduced Saturday.
Mutombo has been one of many NBA’s world ambassadors for years, and lately appeared at Hall of Fame enshrinement occasions in Springfield, Massachusetts and a pair of preseason video games in Saitama, Japan.
He additionally appeared with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at an occasion within the Congo, Mutombo’s native nation, in August.
“He is receiving the very best care potential from a collaborative crew of specialists in Atlanta and is in great spirits as he begins treatment,” Mutombo’s household stated in a press release distributed by the NBA. “Dikembe and his household ask for privateness throughout this time to allow them to concentrate on his care. They are grateful on your prayers and good needs.”
The household didn’t launch another particulars, together with what prompted the tumour being found.
The 56-year-old Mutombo spent 18 seasons within the NBA, enjoying for Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and the then-New Jersey Nets. The seven-foot-two out of Georgetown was an eight-time all-star, four-time defensive participant of the yr, three-time All-NBA choice and went into the Hall of Fame in 2015.
Mutombo final performed throughout the 2008-09 season and has labored extensively for charitable and humanitarian causes since. Blinken lauded him when the pair have been collectively within the Congo, telling Mutombo “you have carried out a lot to carry the world collectively.”
Mutombo speaks 9 languages and based the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997, concentrating on bettering well being, schooling and high quality of life for the individuals within the Congo. His basis led the constructing of a 170-bed hospital in Kinshasa, the capital metropolis, and that facility has handled practically a half-million individuals no matter their means to pay for care.
He additionally has served on the boards of many organizations, together with Special Olympics International, the CDC Foundation and the National Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.