The Denver Nuggets retired the No. 55 jersey of finger-wagging, shot-blocker extraordinaire Dikembe Mutombo in a halftime ceremony on Saturday night. Mutombo was drafted by the Nuggets with the No. 4 overall pick in 1991 and played five seasons with the team. Besides his trademark finger wag, Mutombo is probably best remembered for lying on the court, clutching the ball over his head, after the eighth-seeded Nuggets upset top-seeded Seattle during the 1993-94 playoffs.

The Nuggets wore their “Rainbow Skyline” throwback uniforms to honor Mutombo, as well as presenting him with a painting of his iconic celebration from the infamous game seven, where they became the first eight-seed in NBA history to defeat a number one seeded team. The team also presented him with a painting and a $50,000 check for his foundation.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo blocked 3,289 shots over his stellar NBA career. Mutombo played just five seasons with the Nuggets, yet he was an All-Star three times in Denver. He was a big reason why those Denver teams in the mid-90s were so successful. and he is also the best center the Nuggets have had in at least the last three decades. Mutombo’s number was also retired by the Atlanta Hawks last season and he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He is one of the best shot blocking big men to play the game and is now forever immortalized in the rafters of the Pepsi Center.

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