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Mutombo made defense the center of his basketball career

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Why not make Dikembe Mutombo's full name a little longer?

You can now officially add Hall of Famer to one with the birthright of Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo.

The native of the Congo was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday following an 18-year NBA career.

"I wanted to be remembered as one of the best defensive players to play this game," Mutombo said during his speech at the Springfield Symphony Hall. "I think I accomplished that."

Defense did matter to Mutombo, the 7-foot-2 center. It was, in fact, was a point of pride with him. He is second on...