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Dikembe Mutombo taunts Nuggets mascot, rubs it in with finger wag

Mar 18, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

Led by Dikembe Mutombo’s dominant interior defense, the 1993-94 Denver Nuggets allowed opponents to shoot just 43.8 percent – the NBA’s second-best mark that year. In addition to blocking a league-best 4.1 shots per game, Mutombo also dissuaded opponents from even attempting high-percentage inside shots. He just made stop after stop in a variety of ways.

Can you imagine if he did his signature finger wag after every defensive stand, not just the blocks? It would have been unwieldy.

But on hand for the Nuggets honoring that 1993-94 team, which upset the No. 1-seeded Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the playoffs, Mutombo apparently lowered his standards Monday. Even preventing a shot at the rim got a finger wag.

I supposed this means, at 47, Mutombo is finally over the hill as a player.

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P.S.: Mr. Noah, please take note. This is how you do a nice, crisp finger wag. No more loose, full-arm wagging.

  1. fordmandalay - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    He’d still be better today than almost every ‘center’ in the NBA.

    • calkinsrob - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM


  2. au1978 - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    As a Rockets fan, I really appreciated the “Cinderella Nuggets.” Got rid of those pesky Sonics for us on our way to the championship.

    • bballhistorian - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      As a Houston native, I 1000% agree with the ^^^ statement.

    • romestar82 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      as a huge Lakers fan ,we got rid of those pesky Sonics for you in 1994-95 , beat them in 5 to only lose to the Spurs in 6 (Vlade kills us in game 5 with missed free throws),we (Lakers) had swept the Rockets 4-0 and Orlando 2-0 that year ,that’s our Crown you Rockets have !

      • au1978 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Stop hating. Y’all got enough already!

  3. glenuendo - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    As a Jazz fan, those finger wags were infuriating. What he has done post basketball is nothing but inspiring and classy. I wish him nothing but success.

  4. areyesrn - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    47…more like 67…

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