Friday, January 27, 2012

Want to know more about Biyombo?

Bismack Biyombo stands beside the homemade goal and backboard where he learned to play basketball in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Biyombo is standing on top of a car in this picture -- the goal still stands. His father, Francois Biyombo, made the goal and said the neighbors thought he was "crazy" for doing so. (Photo courtesy of Bismack Biyombo)

The Charlotte Bobcats are in the midst of an awful season, one that may set historic lows in a lot of categories.

But one player I find fascinating is rookie Bismack Biyombo, the 19-year-old from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) who has traveled an unusual and circuitous path to become a Bobcat. I wrote a long profile column of him that can be found here.

The Bobcats are risking a lot on Biyombo -- they made a three-way trade to get him in June with the No.7 overall pick in the draft, giving up leading scorer Stephen Jackson in the process.

But Biyombo is very intriguing, not only for his 7-foot-7 wingspan but for his language fluency (he speaks four of them fluently), his family history (he is the eldest of seven children) and his basketball upside (Michael Jordan has compared him to a young, raw Hakeem Olajuwon).

And wouldn't you like to shoot a few on that basketball goal? I'd like to see how a bank shot works on it.


Anonymous said...

why am i seeing basketball news on the Panthers/nfl page?i click on that link so i wont have to see it.

MichaelProcton said...

I compare him to a young, raw DeSagana Diop. That hasn't worked out so well.

Anonymous said...

gana diop?! not at all. he's not olajuwon either but he could be......shawn kemp? or mutumbo with less size? gana diop NEVER did anything more than block shots and rebound. he never was able to catch the ball on offense and make a post move. this kid already has that much and he'll get more. watch the jump he takes between now and game 1 next year. his shot block rate is ridic. dude is gonna average something like 5 blocks a game. he's already at 4.4 per 36 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Def sounds like one of your average typical European American everyday names.

Anonymous said...

I bet that boy sure can chuck a spear !

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