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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Articles tagged: Bismack Biyombo

Bismack Biyombo reportedly agrees to four-year deal with Magic


Let all of the fingers wag in unison in the Orlando metropolitan.

According to a report by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press on Saturday, the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with former Raptors center Bismack Biyombo.

Marc Stein of ESPN adds that Biyombo’s deal is likely to approach a value of approximately $70 million.

Biyombo, 23, had become something of a cult hero in Toronto during their Eastern Conference Finals run this past postseason with his stonewall rim protection and his Dikembe Mutombo impersonations (with or without the necessary permissions). The former No. 7 overall pick had previously indicated a willingness to take a hometown discount to remain a Raptor, but the Magic apparently made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The Magic have had a busy, enigmatic offseason after landing Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, acquiring Jodie Meeks from the Pistons, re-signing Evan Fournier, and reaching free agent agreements with Jeff Green and DJ Augustin. Nobody knows how all of these moving parts will come together, especially with incumbent young talents Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic now potentially facing competition for their minutes. But at the very least, Orlando’s new interior wrecking crew of Ibaka and Biyombo should easily help them improve on their 17th-ranked defensive efficiency last season (per NBA.com).

Bismack Biyombo willing to take hometown discount to stay in Toronto


With his shot-erasing, rebound-munching, rim-running ways this postseason, Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo has played himself into a nice payday for his impending unrestricted free agency over the summer. But as it turns out, Biyombo may be willing to leave it all on the table in order to come back to Toronto next season.

On Monday, Biyombo said that he wants to return to the Raptors and is open to taking a hometown discount to do so, per Andrew Walker of Sportsnet.

The 23-year-old brought phenomenal energy on both ends for the Raptors (not to mention earth-wrecking blocks, Mutombo-inspired swagger, and social media gold) during their run to the Eastern Conference Finals this year, particularly when starting center Jonas Valanciunas suffered an ankle injury.

With that kind of stellar playoff performance, Biyombo deserves and will get a sizable amount of interest on the open market this offseason. But if he gets his way, it looks like both Biyombo and his index finger will be staying up north for the forseeable future.

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Dikembe Mutombo wants to talk to Bismack Biyombo about finger wag (Video)

Bismack Biyombo finger wag

After losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors have fought back to tie the series 2-2. Among the reasons for Toronto’s improved play has been outstanding performances by Bismack Biyombo.

Biyombo has been a dominating force in the paint, seemingly grabbing every rebound in sight and protecting the rim. In the Raptors’ two wins against the Cavaliers, Biyombo has averaged 20 rebounds and over three blocks per game.

After swatting a shot, the 23-year-old big man has seen wagging his finger, reminiscent of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo. Biyombo has reportedly said Mutombo gave his approval for Toronto’s center to use it. Mutombo, however, laughed and said not so fast when caught by TMZ cameras.

Basically, Mutombo wagged his finger at Biyombo with the “I don’t know when did that conversation took place. Him and I need to talk this summer.”

With Jonas Valanciunas getting injured during the Raptors’ series with the heat, and having not played in eight consecutive games, Biyombo has made the most of increased playing time. In fact, he’s put up some Mutombo-like stat lines. Biyombo might want to hold off on the finger wags though, atleast for now.


Bismack Biyombo records huge blocks on LeBron James and Kevin Love

Bismack Biyombo LeBron James block

Bismack Biyombo has long been recognized as a rebounding and defensive stalwart in the league, but that recognition is reaching a new level during the playoffs.

During Game 4 between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, Biyombo showed his defensive prowess by blocking a LeBron James alley-oop attempt, and then a Kevin Love dunk attempt.

Here was the block on LeBron James, which didn’t count because he was called for a foul:

Biyombo got all ball on the play so the block should have counted.

Later in the game, Biz rejected Kevin Love’s dunk attempt and then did the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag:

We’re guessing Tyronn Lue won’t have much to say about the finger-wagging this time.

Awesome Bismack Biyombo Snapchat filter in Toronto for playoffs

Biyombo is my father snapchat

Bismack Biyombo is becoming a very popular figure in Toronto in light of his emergence for the Raptors, which includes a playoff record 26-rebound performance in Game 3. He has become so popular that he even had his own Snapchat filter for Game 4 of the playoffs.

Take a look at the filter, which declares, “Biyombo is my father”:

The filter may or may not be based on this awesome sign a fan held in “Jurassic Park.”

When you go for 26 rebounds and four blocks in a game, you get your own awesome Snapchat filter like that. And I’m guessing it was a very popular one among those at Air Canada Centre on Monday night.

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Tyronn Lue responds to Bismack Biyombo’s finger-wagging


Raptors center Bismack Biyombo dominated the Cavs on the interior in Toronto’s 99-84 Game 3 victory over Cleveland Saturday, pulling down a franchise-best 26 rebounds while recording four blocked shots. For Biyombo, who has been known to engage in some Dikembe Mutombo-style finger-waving from time to time, the performance came with its fair share of wags. But none of it was particularly irksome to Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue.

Lue pulled out the old “scoreboard” argument when asked about Biyombo and his finger-wagging after the game, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Lue’s got a point. Biyombo can’t do a lot of taunting when the Raptors are losing, much like they were for the majority of the first two games of this Eastern Conference Finals series. Given that Biyombo only had nine rebounds and two blocks in the entire series entering play on Saturday, Cleveland has done a great job for the most part in not giving Biyombo anything to wag his finger at. Let’s hope for their sake that the Cavs can get back to doing just that as they look to pick up two more wins and advance to a second straight NBA Finals appearance.

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Bismack Biyombo retroactively assessed Flagrant 2, won’t be suspended


The physical play off the bench of big man Bismack Biyombo has helped form the backbone of the Toronto Raptors’ identity this season. But he needs to be careful not to overdo it.

The NBA announced on Tuesday that, upon review, Biyombo has been retroactively assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for an elbow to the throat of Pacers center Myles Turner in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s series-clinching 89-84 Game 7 victory over Indiana on Sunday.

Here is video of the incident:

While a Flagrant 2 foul is grounds for an automatic ejection on the floor, no further punishment (e.g. a suspension) was announced for the 23-year-old Biyombo. He still needs to exert caution though as based on the league’s three-point system for flagrant fouls, Biyombo will now be subject to a one-game suspension should he be whistled for another Flagrant 2 or two Flagrant 1s over the remainder of the postseason.

The Raptors begin their second-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

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