April 22, 2009

Mutombo Likely Done...Forever.

After what appeared to be a pretty severe and scary knee injury last night, Dikembe Mutombo is calling his career "over".  Definitely a sad sight to see especially for a guy that seemed almost invincible after all of these years.
Afterward in Houston's locker room, the 7-foot-2 veteran was on crutches and fighting back tears.

"Nobody ever thought they'd be carrying the big guy out like a wounded soldier," he said.

Mutombo, the league's oldest player at 42, will be examined by doctors in Houston on Wednesday.

"Dikembe is one of the statesmen of this league," teammate Shane Battier said. "There's not a better guy. To see him in pain is tough to see. He cares so much about this game that he doesn't want to end his career like that. That's the tragedy of it, too."
So what does this mean for Portland?  Quite a bit actually.

Once 'Tombo went down, the Rockets were immediately reduced in size and depth.  He is in fact, the only back-up to Yao and once he found a little foul trouble, the Rockets also looked in trouble.  With two 7-footers for "your" Blazers splitting minutes and always coming in fresh, you've got think as this series wears on, that Yao will start to wear down.  Especially after the beating he took last night from the many Blazer bigs.

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