Former Sixer Dikembe Mutombo Prepares For HOF Induction Ceremony

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Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; president of the Naismtih hall of fame John Doleva joins inductees (left to right) Jerry Colangelo, Dick Bavetta, John Calipari,

Louie Dampier

, JoJo White,

Spencer Haywood

and Dikembe Mutombo in the second half of the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Duke Blue Devils in the 2015 NCAA Men

Hall Of Fame Inductees

No Hall of Fame ceremony is complete, nor is the discussion wholesome, without a highlights of the career.  The NBA website has done a good job for Dikembe Mutombo’s career.

The giant of a man stood tall on and off the basketball court.

Mutombo leads a field of 11 inductees into the NBA  Hall of Fame. This year’s list includes 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie. They will be joining five directly elected members who were announced during NBA All-Star Weekend in February by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball. They include Louis Dampier voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, John Isaacs from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Lindsay Gaze from the International Committee, Tom Heinsohn from the Veterans Committee and George Raveling from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.

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The announcement, although a formality, truly embraces the significance of the event:

"“We are honored to recognize the highly distinguished Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015. They have contributed a great deal to the game we all love, as players, coaches, teachers, mentors and more. They have dedicated themselves to their craft and serve as an inspiration to many. We look forward to honoring each of these inductees during the Enshrinement festivities in September.”- ” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame."

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