Just a quick show of hands: how many of you saw a major subplot of the Eastern Conference Finals being, “Does Bismack Biyombo have the proper permission to do Dikembe Mutombo’s finger-wag?” First, Biyombo told reporters that the Hall of Famer told him it was okay to do it. Then, Mutombo told TMZ that that wasn’t the case, and that he and Biyombo would have to talk over the summer.
Biyombo’s response? Deal with it.
It’s hard to understand why Mutombo isn’t letting Biyombo do his signature taunt. Biyombo is having a career-best stretch in a high-level playoff series. He’s backing the theatrics up with his play, and all it does is make people remember how good Mutombo was. There’s no downside to it, and Biyombo absolutely should continue to do it.
However, Mutombo is now saying that Bismack doesn’t need any permission to use his signature wag.
“You can copy something you like,” Mutombo told ESPN.com. “Bismack is my youngest brother. I have nothing to be mad at him for. I’m so proud of him. We’re from the same country [Congo], and I call and text him every day to congratulate him, because I’m so proud of him.”
Hopefully, this story has reached it’s ending point.
With the series knotted at 2-2, the Raptors take on the Cavs in Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday night.