HOUSTON (AP) -- Dikembe Mutombo
thinks he deserves induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 7-foot-2 Mutombo will be eligible beginning in 2015 after his retirement following the 2008-09 season. He ranks second on the NBA's career blocked shots list (3,256), behind only Hakeem Olajuwon (3,830) and he says surpassing every player but Olajuwon on that list should alone merit inclusion into the Hall. Mutombo was also a four-time defensive player of the year, an eight-time All-Star and twice the league's top rebounder (2000-01).
''If you can see my name just below one of the great basketball players to ever play for this league,'' he said Wednesday, ''for me to come this close to breaking his record, I don't see why I cannot be on the same bus with him. That's how I look at it.'' Link to the rest of the story
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