Alonzo Mourning says Dikembe Mutombo is ‘on the mend’ from brain tumor


Dikembe Mutombo, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, is on the mend.

That’s according to Alonzo Mourning, who shared a photo on Instagram on Friday of the two good friends smiling together.

“Thanking God this morning!” Mourning wrote. “My brother is on the mend and in good spirits!!! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. The prayer is truly uplifting.

Dikembe Mutombo and TV personality Jon Stewart dance on the court during the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
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Dikembe Mutombo (55) and Alonzo Mourning (33) in Georgetown in 1991.
Dikembe Mutombo (55) and Alonzo Mourning (33) in Georgetown in 1991.
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Last week, the NBA announced that the 56-year-old, eight-time All-Star and four-time Defensive Player of the Year, was undergoing treatment and receiving care from a collaborative team of specialists in Atlanta.

Mourning and Mutombo go back a long way. Before becoming Nets teammates in 2003, the two future Hall of Famers played together in Georgetown from 1988 to 1991 under John Thompson. The two have been close ever since.

Mourning, 52, also had his own health scare — he was diagnosed with severe kidney disease in 2000, eventually made a comeback after a transplant, and won a title with the Heat in 2006.

Mutombo, who also had a stint with the Knicks, like Mourning, was known for his defensive prowess as well as his famous wiggling finger after rejecting shots. He is second in league history in blocks and has led the NBA three times. Mourning, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, has twice led the NBA in blocks and is 11th all-time.

Drafted fourth overall in 1991 by the Nuggets, Mutombo played 18 seasons, for Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Houston, in addition to the Nets and Nicks. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 and has been involved in numerous charitable and humanitarian endeavors, including building a 170-bed hospital in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa.



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