HOUSTON (AP) -Dikembe Mutombo wants a 17th season in the NBA.
The 40-year-old Mutombo was contemplating retirement after the Houston Rockets were ousted by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. But dinner with Hakeem Olajuwon changed all that.
``To have someone like that, who I admire so much, tell me I have too much to offer to walk away meant a great deal. What Hakeem had to say really motivated me,'' Mutombo told Houston television station KRIV.
``I talked with my wife and kids and they want me to play and my brother keeps telling me to play as well,'' Mutombo said.
Mutombo, who is set to be a free agent, said he told Rockets owner Leslie Alexander he wanted to continue playing for the team.
``I'm not going to open the door for anyone else. I just built a home in Houston. The people of Houston have responded to me in a spectacular way,'' Mutombo said.
New coach Rick Adelman said the Rockets have been talking about the team's makeup and a little bit about Mutombo.
``Obviously he showed last year that he could still be a force defensively and when Yao went down he was huge for them,'' Adelman said. ``So that's something I'd really evaluate.''
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