- The Washington Times - Monday, January 15, 2007

The Houston Rockets are 9-2 without the injured Yao Ming thanks to the resurrection of 40-year-old Dikembe Mutombo.

Mutombo, the Rockets’ backup center, is averaging 5.6 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the last 11 games in place of Yao, who injured his right knee Dec. 23.

Last week, Mutombo outrebounded Ben Wallace in a win over the Chicago Bulls and moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the all-time blocks list.

“It’s amazing, just the way I’m playing,” Mutombo said. “Even to myself, I’m sitting down like, ‘Whoa, is Mutombo really playing like that?’ I haven’t seen myself jumping for a rebound like that for a while.”

Teammate Tracy McGrady said: “For Deke, the clock is definitely turned back, say about 25 years.”

Kevin Brewer

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