SALT LAKE CITY - Six-year-old Carrie Mutombo recently scanned the All-Star ballot for her famous father's name, but could not locate it among a group of centers that includes such immortals as Tony Battie, Brendan Haywood and Theo Ratliff.
"Daddy, you're not an All-Star," she told her father. "Maybe you have enough of them."
Dikembe Mutombo then asked his daughter for the ballot just to confirm for himself that he had been left off. Sure enough, of the 12 centers listed, Mutombo was not one of them. "It's a disappointment," Mutombo said. "To see a player of my caliber and what I've accomplished not be mentioned with some of the elite players in this league is disappointing."
Mutombo's theory for the omission is that because he played sparingly last season with the Nets, he was understandably not included. However, Alonzo Mourning, who missed all of last season, is on the ballot.
The other centers are Derrick Coleman, Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis, Brian Grant, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jamaal Magloire, Ben Wallace and Kurt Thomas.
The ballot was compiled by a six-person media panel in early October. Tim Frank, an NBA spokesman, said that Mutombo "had yet to sign with the Knicks when the ballot was finalized."
Well, someone certainly has a high opinion of themselves, don't they? It reminds me of those stories I would hear about the big guy during his Denver Nuggets days, where he would actually go up to the scorers' table after games and complain that he actually had more rebounds than the official box score was showing!
(edited by Alessandro on 11.12.03 1200) Alessandro "Hercules" Boondy
I'll give the Raps credit, it was clear that O'Neal didn't have anything left in the tank and they were smart to cut their losses quickly rather than keep him for the rest of the season and waste the whole year.