Celebrity sightings were few and far between on this night. The Arsenal quarter of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere and Gael Clichy were introduced to the crowd, where they were promptly booed lustily by thousands of people who are now going straight to hell for their sins. Darryl Dawkins was not seen on this night, which must have meant he wasn't there, because Darryl Dawkins tends not to do inauspicious and unseen. At one point in the first half, John Amaechi and Dikembe Mutombo were introduced from the crowd, seated next to each other on the other side of the court. They were incredibly well received, although it was probably more for Meech than Deke. And while they were being introduced, the girl sitting next to me astutely spotted that Robert Horry was there too, sitting alongside Meechdeke. Horry quickly disappeared, however, later replaced by a small white child.
Dikembe Mutombo retired this offseason, after seeing his career end last year being stretchered off the court with a knee injury. It's a bad way to go out, but ultimately, it changes nothing; no one's going to remember it when compared to the rest of Dikembe's legacy. He now works for the NBA as a global ambassador.
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