Dikembe Mutombo announced as Basketball Hall of Fame finalist

Defensive great Dikembe Mutombo is announced as one of twelve finalists for entrance into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 14, 2015)(NBA TV) – Defensive wizard Dikembe Mutombo was named one of 12 finalists for entrance into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday (February 14) at Madison Square Garden as NBA All-Star weekend festivities continued.

Mutombo, the shot-blocking Congolese center who was honored four times as NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was among six players, five coaches and a referee to make the short list for possible election in 2015.

He was joined by seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood and Kevin Johnson, and three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie as former players up for consideration in the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Hall.

Other finalists are two-time U.S. College Coach of the Year John Calipari, two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, college coach Bo Ryan and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews, and 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta.

“I’m very happy to be here,” the 7-foot-2 (2.18 m) Mutombo said about being considered for the Hall of Fame.