Great Quotes by Dikembe Mutombo

God put us here to prepare this place for the next generation. That’s our job. Raising children and helping the community, that’s preparing for the next generation.

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My heroes always are mostly my parents – my father especially, and my mom, who’s passed on already. My dad is a very strong man, and by him being educated, and a principal and school superintendent over 37 years, he plays such a big role in my life.

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After spending more than 17 years playing for the NBA, in the summertime, I always came back to community service and different basketball clinics.

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I come from a large family, but I was not raised with a fortune. Something more was left me, and that was family values.

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There are people out there dying every day, so when you wake up, you just have to thank the Man Upstairs for another day on this planet. There’s not much else we can ask for.

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I cannot forget the place that I come from. The Congo is much in need.

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Scores of Congolese die each day unnecessarily due to the lack of access to healthcare and modern medicine.

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People wonder why I love Africa so much. I say this is where I was born and raised. My roots are in Africa; that’s were I developed.

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When I travel around the globe, I try as hard as I can to represent the NBA and the game of basketball to the best of my abilities. I get to go around the world and not only share the game but also my philanthropic work. Building a hospital in the Congo is one of the proudest achievements of my life.

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I’ve always had a passion for giving back. It’s a family tradition that comes from my devout parents. They were always giving back and serving the community. So when I became fortunate enough and blessed to play the game of basketball, I was also fortunate enough to follow in my parents’ footsteps and give back like the way they did.

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I don’t think God said we should all be soft. My job is to compete, and the best prevails. I will continue to play, and that’s the way I’m succeeding in my life. If I hit you by mistake, all I can say is ‘I’m sorry,’ and I keep moving on.

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It’s not easy to teach a child how to win.

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My good friend Yao Ming was the first big player in the NBA to come from China. He gave himself to the game and was successful. That inspired the NBA to invest more and do more for the game of basketball. We’re building academies not just in China, but in India, Africa, Europe and South America as well.

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When I go to China, people call me ‘Uncle Mo’ because they refer me as Yao Ming’s uncle. I’m pleased to be his uncle as long as he listens to me!

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The NBA is becoming a global game.

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My mother taught us to sell food in the market so we could pay for school. I would get up at 4:30 A.M. and start selling bread and cheese before going to class. School cost $65. The average salary was $125 a year, and with 10 kids, how are you going to pay for that?

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The Almighty has plans for us to make a place so we can go on and make a difference. It all has to do with my faith; I am deeply religious. It goes back to my roots, to my mom and my dad.

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I’m so glad I didn’t become a doctor, because I do more than any doctor can do. I am an administrator, a CEO, doctor, psychiatrist, an activist, a campaign funder. I think I did well.

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Every day, the sun comes out and the sky’s always blue. That’s what I miss about Denver.

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My favorite memory is my five years with the Nuggets. From my first day to my last day is a great memory. There wasn’t a year that I was a Nugget that I didn’t think we succeeded.

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It’s easy to be a spokesman and ambassador for a great organization like the NBA. I thank Commissioner David Stern for putting that trust in me to serve the NBA around the globe.

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I always felt that I had to leave a legacy on the African continent. As I was only the third player to come to the NBA from Africa, I felt I had to do my best to recruit more young Africans to come and play in the NBA – and also find a way to bring the NBA to Africa.

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When I was born, my dad and my mom gave me names, but in Africa, when your child is born, especially close family members can suggest names they want to add on. Maybe your grandmom and your grandpop have something to add to the name of the child.

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I was not very strong growing up, and my uncle used to look at me, like, ‘This kid is not growing up, he is growing tall but he can be broken like a banana.’ The banana in Congo is called ‘Dikembe.’ So my uncle start calling me, ‘Dikembe, Dikembe, look at you Dikembe, you cannot even stand up.’ It took a long time for me to walk.

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Africa needs more funding to continue to fight all of those diseases. We are losing more than 1.3 million young children under the age of five every year because of malaria. We’ve already lost 25 million people to the pandemic of HIV-AIDS. More people are dying now from typhoid fever. Diabetes is on the rise.

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My decision leaving the Nuggets was based on the organization not saying they had the cap room to sign me.

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My foundation was created so I can find a way to improve the living conditions of my people in the African continent, not just in Congo.

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Basketball Without Borders is a leadership camp that takes basketball to different places around the world, to Africa, Europe, America and Asia. It’s a camp that brings players from different parts of the continent to one city that’s been assigned as the host city. We’ve been going to a different city every year.

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I created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation back in 1997 for the purpose of going in and improving the living conditions of my people on the African continent, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo where I came from. Out first mission was to go and build a new hospital. Our next mission was to build a school.

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I just love kids. As a kid, I grew up in a poor country with a poor family that had nothing. I loved anyone who could come into my life, in from the outside, and give me advice that could help me succeed. I believe that there are a lot of people who came into my life that made me Dikembe Mutombo.

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The doctors and nurses at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital are saving lives every day and helping improve health care in the DRC which has been ravaged by more than a decade of war and disease.

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I am not in politics. ‘President Mutombo?’ No, no, no. There has never been a politician in my family, and I am not going to try to be the first one.

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I’ve always felt obligated to help those less fortunate than me. It’s an obligation that anyone who has a chance to be in the NBA should feel and act upon.

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If I had not played basketball and made the millions of dollars that I had made, I would never have been able to build a hospital in Congo. It started in 1997, and 10 years later I was able to unveil the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, named after my mother, in my hometown outside of Kinshasa. It was such a blessing.

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At the end of my journey, I see myself as a Rocket. That’s where I ended my career, and also the organization that did so much for me. They knew I had a vision, and I went to work for the owner, who’s a man who believes in philanthropy and believed in me as a player.

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After I made it to the NBA, I said that I didn’t want to be the last player from Africa. After my rookie year, I went to the league and talked about this, and they embraced my idea and started conducting basketball clinics in Africa, and that’s when I knew I wouldn’t be the last African.

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I believe in the Democratic party, and their philosophy and what they stand for – for the poor people.

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I usually just speak in English when I’m on the basketball court. For some reason, my mind never even tried to cross any other language when I’m playing basketball.

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