I tried to wear 15 in college. For some reason Coach (John) Thompson didnt want any of the big men to wear a low number. Everybody had to start at 30 and up. When I said 15 they said, okay, well give you 55. I had no one to look up to for a role model, so I didnt have someone to look for for a number. They gave me 55, and Ive worn it ever since. Now I see a lot of kids coming out of college wearing 55, and they say they wear it because of Mutombo, and that brings more joy to me than anything else.

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Behind The Numbers
Gilbert Arenas 0, Wizards
Marcus Banks 3 Timberwolves
Mike Bibby 10, Kings
Andrew Bogut 6, Bucks
Kobe Bryant 8, Lakers
Jarron Collins 31, Jazz
Tony Delk 00, Pistons
Melvin Ely 2, Bobcats
Pau Gasol 16, Grizzlies
Manu Ginobli 20, Spurs
Drew Gooden 90, Cavaliers
Grant Hill 33, Magic
Royal Ivey 36, Hawks
Linton Johnson 43, Hornets
Dikembe Mutombo 55, Rockets
Eric Piatkowski 52, Bulls
Paul Pierce 34, Celtics
Shavlik Randolph 42, Sixers
Earl Watson 25, Sonics