Bismack Biyombo is in the midst of the greatest week of his pro basketball career. Biyombo has been a key cog of the Toronto Raptors squad that has leveled the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland Cavaliers at two wins apiece.
The athletic big has been using hall-of-famer Dekeme Mutombo’s signature finger-wag celebration after every basket, monumental rebound or blocked shot. In fact, the Raptors center has been unapologetic about it, claiming that “his idol” Mutumbo gave him permission to do so.
Despite Biyombos’ claims, Mutombo has denied any conversation with his fellow countryman from Congo. “I don’t know when that conversation took place. Him and I need to talk this summer,” Mutombo told TMZ Sports on Tuesday.
“He (Biyombo) claims in the newspaper and everywhere he said I gave (permission) to him. I said, Did I (give it)? Was it family? Was it a cosign? But you know what, he’s a young man, (so) I let him enjoy the fame. He’s making me famous,” added the legendary NBA center.
Mutombo, a former four-time defensive player of the year, said he was keen to pull up Biyombo over the summer to have a little chat. “I will see him in the Congo this summer, so him and I will talk back home with nobody around us.”
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On Saturday, Biyombo had the game of his life when he had 26 rebounds to help his team tame the mighty Cavaliers. After that win, Biyombo told ESPN about the supposed “conversation” with Mutombo. “After I had a conversation with Mutombo, I just felt like he has been great to my country (Congo). … And I thought it was a better way to keep his legacy going. I love Mutombo like a big brother.
“I’ve had several conversations with him and Hakeem Olajuwon. But it’s also getting caught in the moment and finding a way to get the fans involved and my teammates as well and flowing with the energy of the game.”
Bismack Biyombo will once again prove pivotal to Raptors’ chances on Wednesday as the Raptors attempt to take a 3-2 series lead against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.