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Dikembe Mutombo confirms interest in buying Atlanta Hawks

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Speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, NBA legend and eight-time All-Star Dikembe Mutombo has gone on record to confirm his interest in investing in, and purchasing, the Atlanta Hawks franchise.

Making it official

Mutombo, one of the finest defensive players ever to play the game, made his name playing for the Hawks between 1996 and 2001 and has made no secret of his great affection for the team.

With Atlanta flying high in the NBA this season the news, announced a few weeks ago, that the franchise was officially up for sale has attracted a number of potential owners but few come with the emotional connection of Dikembe Mutombo.

Mutombo was in London this week ahead of the NBA Global Game between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks, and in a one-on-one interview with GiveMeSport he went into further detail on the current situation regarding a bid for the Hawks that has been rumored since late 2014.

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"I saw my name in a few newspapers," the four time defensive player of the year told GiveMeSport.

"Its a dream for me one day to be part of the ownership....I don't see why not. 

"Through my work I have learned enough about what goes on about the game and what goes on about managing the team and me and my partners are putting a group together and all the partners are very happy with the news so we're looking for maybe two or three or four more partners to make our group much stronger, so I think we've got a shot."

Memorable season

The Hawks ownership officially became available to the likes of Mutombo earlier this month but it had been long expected after racially insensitive audio footage and emails involving current owner Bruce Levenson and others were made public.

On the court the Atlanta Hawks have been the surprise package in the NBA this season - rising to the top of the Eastern Conference with some excellent team basketball.

Even with their upturn in form however the Hawks franchise remains an untapped market in many areas, the team's home attendance ranked the 23rd highest of out 30 teams.

As such a group involving Mutombo would certainly galvanize fan support however the NBA legend faces stiff competition.

Another Atlanta hero, baseball's Hank Aaron is also known to be planning a takeover bid for the franchise currently valued at around $600 million.

The Milwaukee Bucks take on the New York Knicks at NBA Global Games London 2015 at The O2 on January 15. The game is live on BT Sport 1 and on NBA LEAGUE PASS. To follow the NBA in the UK visit www.facebook.com/nbauk

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