So after reading some conversations on The Dream Shake and of course all of the conversations here on BE I thought I'd hit up the Mutombo Foundation website. I'd heard him talk about it on Rome once before, further cementing in my mind that he was quietly one of the most generous and caring professional athletes ever. Not to belittle anyone's efforts--when an athlete decides to give I say great, no matter what the amount. While some guys donate t-shirts and shoes to local basketball teams Mutombo builds hospitals, sponsors clean water projects and picks up the tab on vaccinations for entire villages.
Needless to say, the man's done a lot.
Watching him go down was a huge bummer. All I could think is that without basketball, his foundation would lose a lot of the funding he has personally provided over the years.
I feel for Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (full name according to Wikipedia) and thought what better way than to float his foundation $10 today. It's not a bad way to say, "Sorry about your knee, man." and "Thanks for the memories and all of your humanitarian efforts." all at once. Just an idea.
Check it out or even donate here.
And if you're in the mood to help people here in the US, here's a way to help people right here in Portland. I'm not rich, but for the price of one Rose Garden beer you can help people out which is pretty cool.
My apologies for straying off topic. I was going to throw in some stat-heavy draft predictions or trade possibilities to make this post a legit FanPost but couldn't muster anything up...
BEAT THE ROCKETS.