Dikembe Mutombo in the adidas Mutombo 2

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Dikembe Mutombo Sets Playoff Blocks Record in adidas Mutombo 2

No, no, no. Dikembe Mutombo may be all smiles in his Geico commercials, but the towering 7’2″ center was one of the biggest defensive forces of the NBA during the ’90s. An eight time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Mutombo finished his career with a total of 3,256 blocked shots. This total is the second best of all time next to Hakeem Olajuwan.

On May 21, 1994, Mutombo had two swats as his Denver Nuggets were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by the Utah Jazz. He recorded 38 total blocks during the seven-game series, which broke a record previously set by Hakeem Olajuwan and stands as the most of all time. During this series, Mutombo was laced in his second adidas signature model, the adidas Mutombo 2. Although there’s no word on a re-release of this model, the original adidas Mutombo will be releasing this fall.

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