Friday , May , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dikembe Mutombo to Play Next Season

The NBA’s oldest player is ready for more.

Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo, who will turn 42 years old next month, said on Thursday he has decided he would like to return for an 18th NBA season.

Mutombo had planned to retire after each of the past two seasons, but his success filling in for Yao Ming each season convinced him to postpone those plans to prolong his career as one of the best defensive players in league history.

“I’m going to consider to keep playing basketball,” said Mutombo, saying his return will now depend on reaching a contract agreement with the Rockets. “The next part will be to tell my lawyer, David Falk. My body and my mind is responding to the thrill of the game. The coaches and the fans and everyone are in there. [Houston Chronicle]