Congolese center who was an 8-time NBA All-Star and 4-time Defensive Player of the Year during an 18-year career that spanned from 1991 to 2009. He played with six different teams, most notably the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, and Houston Rockets.
He was a star at Georgetown University, where he first became known for his shot-blocking; he was then selected 4th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1991 NBA Draft.
He led the NBA in rebounds in back-to-back seasons from 2000 to 2001 with the Atlanta Hawks and led the league in blocks three straight years from 1994 to 1996 with the Nuggets.
He raised six children, two biological and four adopted, with his wife Rose.
He finished his career second all-time in shots blocked, behind only the great Hakeem Olajuwon.