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Success has Mutombo considering another season


Dikembe Mutombo might not be ready to hang up his sneakers just yet.

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The veteran center, in the midst of a resurgence with the Houston Rockets this season filling in for the injured Yao Ming, told the Houston Chronicle he is reconsidering his plan to retire when his contract expires at season's end, as long as he remains healthy.

"Things have gone to our favor," Mutombo told the newspaper. "The team is playing great. The defense is going good. I'm playing well. That changed a lot. That changed my perception of myself and the future and how I want to exit the game. That's why I have to make a decision, should I exit now or should I play one more year.

"At this point, it seems like I'll be coming to play one more year," he told the Chronicle.

Mutombo, 40, is the oldest player in the NBA. But his success in filling in for Yao, who has been out with a broken leg since Dec. 23, has Mutombo and his family thinking about one more year. He said both he and his family are having fun this season.

"I know my wife and I, we have talked about it," Mutombo told the Chronicle. "She was like, 'The way you are playing now, you have brought so much excitement to the kids, especially to the youngest one to know more basketball than he did.' She was like, 'Can you play one more year? He can remember so much about what daddy was doing on the court.' "

"I don't know if I will play here," he told the Chronicle. "Hopefully the Rockets will want me. If not, my wife said maybe we can come play at home and go back to Atlanta, or you can be in Philly or you can be in Houston. I enjoy the friendships I made here. I have to see what is best. I would rather retire here, just go out with one more year. That doesn't mean they don't have to give me my money."