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Dikembe Mutombo doesn’t mind Michael Phelps, Lilly King using his finger wag

Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo’s signature finger wag has experienced a resurgence amongst American swimmers at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Fortunately, they appear to have the blessing of the four-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Mutombo came out on Friday and said that he’s cool with Michael Phelps, who waved his finger at South African rival Chad le Clos after beating him in the 200m butterfly, and Lilly King, who shook hers in disapproval at Russian counterpart Yulia Efimova, using his patented move.

“Copying my move, it really doesn’t bother me,” Mutombo said, per Nina Mandell of For The Win. “As long as they recognize who they got it from.

“I care more about who’s the best, who’s the best in the game, who’s the best in the competition,” Mutombo continued. “… I did it because I believed I was the best in the game. Nobody else could block a shot better than me, no one could dunk on me.”

The eight-time All-Star was significantly less understanding when former Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo tried busting out the move on the basketball court last postseason. But with Phelps and King winning a combined eight medals (seven of them gold) this summer, Mutombo probably figures they’ve earned the right to a wag or two.

Lilly King wags finger at rival Russian swimmer, calls her out for doping


Sunday in Rio gave us a little bit of Cold War-era nostalgia.

Before her heat in the women’s 100m backstroke, American swimmer Lilly King was caught by the NBC feed wagging her finger in disapproval at a video monitor replay of Russian rival Yulia Efimova during her own heat. Efimova took first place and held up one finger to signify that she was number one, but King mimicked the gesture, making for a great moment.

King would go on to beat Efimova’s time and was asked about the finger wag after the race, to which she replied that she wasn’t a fan of cheaters.

Russia, of course, had a state-sponsored doping program scandal recently brought to light, and Efimova (who had already failed two separate drug tests since 2014) was one of the athletes initially banned from the Rio Olympics for allegedly participating in the program. But her ban was subsequently overturned by the International Olympic Committee, clearing the way for Efimova to compete in the women’s 100m backstroke.

Shoutout to King for keeping it real and giving us one of the best beefs in the early going of the Rio Games.

Image Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

H/T FanSided