Thursday , Feb , 28 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

The Houston Rockets Bank Post Season on Dikembo Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo and Rick Adelman shared a few words on the side of the Rockets’ practice court Monday. Mutombo said it might be time to start playing a few minutes a game, an idea Adelman and Rockets coaches already were entertaining. Four hours later, Yao Ming called Mutombo to tell him he was out for the season with a stress fracture. The next night, Mutombo started and starred.

By Wednesday, the 41-year-old Mutombo was ready not just to play down the stretch of his final season but is considering a return for another ‘last season of his career.’ ‘(Rockets general manager Daryl Morey) spoke to me about it, but I didn’t answer him,’ Mutombo said. ‘I didn’t answer him. I have to think about it, to talk to the wifey and the kids and see how everybody feels about it. Even my teammates said, Deke, we don’t want you to leave. Shane (Battier) talked to me about it.T-Mac (Tracy McGrady) said, ‘Deke, you’re not going no where. I’ll make sure you stay here.’ But I don’t know why everybody wants me to stay. I wonder to myself, when will I go home.’ Click here for more from the Houston Chronicle.