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6/11/2003  12:03 PM
Nets' Mutombo Not Impressed by Rose's Dunk in Game 3
By TOM CANAVAN- Associated Press




EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (June 10) -- The first guarantee of the NBA Finals goes to New Jersey Nets center Dikembe Mutombo.

Sorry, it has nothing to do with the Nets beating the San Antonio Spurs in either the series or in Game 4 on Wednesday night at the Continental Airlines Arena.


San Antonio's Malik Rose dunks over New Jersey's Dikembe Mutombo during Game 3.


Mutombo just issued a pre-emptive finger wave to Malik Rose. If the San Antonio forward tries to dunk over the 7-foot-2 Nets center, as he did in Game 3, the ball may end up back in New York City.

Mutombo entertained the media Tuesday, discussing Rose's fourth-quarter windmill slam that ignited the Spurs to victory in Game 3 on Sunday night.

Much was written about the dunk, and television replayed it over and over.

Now Mutombo is sick of hearing, reading and seeing it.

"To me a dunk is a dunk," said Mutombo, a four-time NBA defensive player of the year. "I got dunked on more in my career than I can remember that dunk. I can tell you I didn't see it. I didn't see it coming."

Rose, 6-7, got a step on Kenyon Martin and Mutombo was a little late coming over to help, which gave Rose a free jam.

"The kid got a dunk and I saw the paper today, they talk about a dunk," Mutombo said in his ultra-baritone voice. "I hope he comes with another one. He's going to see where it ends up. Trust me. If he tries to bring that dunk again, we will see it."

The more Mutombo talked about it, the funnier he got.

"I got dunked on at All-Star games, you name it, all the competitions I have played," Mutombo said. "I got dunked on by Shaq, Kobe, you name any player. Michael Jordan."

The mention of Jordan sent Mutombo on a tangent about Jordan.

"It took him for so long to dunk on me, but when he finally did and he gave me the finger wave in my face," Mutombo said. "I said: 'Mike you got it, but it took you so long.'"

Mutombo said dunks are one of things that make the game exciting. Fans come to see them and really react to a good one.

Rose's was a great one. He termed it "pretty impressive."

While Mutombo also appreciated it, he thought he was blown out of proportion.

"I was a little bit upset to read all this (stuff) going on about Malik Rose, Malik Rose," Mutombo said. "I thought it was somebody. I love the kid. He is a nice kid. He worked his way up to make himself a star, but don't put him up there like he is the top of this building."

Rose groaned when asked about the dunk after the Spurs arrived a few minutes late for their availability.

"Oh God, you got anything on Game 4?" Rose shot back.

When told Mutombo wasn't going to let him dunk again, Rose went along.

"Maybe it won't (happen)," Rose said. "That's the first time in seven years for me. I got him that one time. That's all I need."

Spurs center David Robinson appreciated how Mutombo felt about the dunk. He's been there before.

He also had his own MJ story.

The first time he saw the NBA's greatest player, he wanted to go over and say: "Hello, Mr. Jordan. How are you?"

Jordan didn't let him.

"He said: 'I'm going to dunk on you big fellow. I've dunked on all the other big fellows and you're next,"' Robinson recalled. "It took me back.

"I said: 'Don't even try that. Don't even bring it up in the paint.'"

Four years later, the Bulls made a late run on Robinson and the Spurs and Jordan dunked over Robinson and looked back at him.


"'I told you I was going to dunk on you,'" a smiling Robinson recalled Jordan saying. "It just made me so mad."

Mutombo talks about being angry and smiles as widely as Robinson.

"I wish my kids had asked me about it, maybe I would feel bad," Mutombo said. "No one of them asked me about it, so I cannot feel bad."

But Mutombo will not let Rose dunk again.

"The finger is going to be rolling," Mutombo said of the notorious finger wave he gives after blocking a shot. "I'm just going to ask him to bring that dunk again, see if he can beat K-Mart with one step and come again. I'll be waiting for him."


[Edited by - prodson on 06/11/2003 12:04:49]
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6/11/2003  2:55 PM
Good "Stuff"

pun Intended.
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6/11/2003  3:48 PM
lol.
all those years as a fan and now i'm the anti-knick. life is crazy aint it.
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6/12/2003  8:13 AM
DEKE BACKED UP HIS TALK WHILE ROSE SHOT 0-9. LOL STOP FEENING ON THE SPURS , YA'LL NOT GETTING ANY FREE PORTERHOUE STEAKS.
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6/12/2003  8:35 AM
Good article.
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6/12/2003  12:40 PM
well deke was a no show yesterday, so he should be quiet.
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6/12/2003  1:16 PM
Dikembe is done... he should follow David Robinson's lead and retire.
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6/13/2003  6:21 AM
Sorry Pike, when did you see somebody else besides Deke 7 ft at his age dive for a loose ball on the hard wood floor? Plus he is the highest paid player on the team do the MATH! Ewing wasn't putting duncan stuff back in his grill at Dekes age.
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