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Mutombo, shot blocker and humanitarian, entering Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Dikembe Mutombo never expected to become the man who was introduced Thursday as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.

"When I came to America, I did not intend to become a basketball player. I was here to become a doctor," he said. "But when you dream, you don't know where your dream will take you."

Similarly, the expectations he created with his 7-foot-2 frame, his jungle growl of a voice and the famously wagging fingers that warned opponents also had to be altered. Far from being the fearsome force his court persona suggested, he was instead a warm and welcoming soul, one who now is one of sport's leading...