Dikembe Mutumbo doesn't recall giving Bismack Biyombo his blessing to use signature taunt

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Bismack Biyombo has made quite the splash in the Eastern Conference playoffs since regular Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was struck down with an ankle injury.

The Congolese pivot has managed to set a franchise record for rebounds in a single postseason game (26) and has played a vital role in helping the Canadian organisation fight their way back into their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is now finely poised at 2-2.

Biyombo, 23, has been averaging 1.4 blocks a night so far in the postseason and recorded three stoppages during the game four win over the Cavs on Monday night.

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His finger-wagging celebration after denying an opponent hasn't gone unnoticed. People have already made the connection to an NBA legend and fellow Congo-native, Dikembe Mutombo.

Former Houston Rockets man Mutombo called it a day in 2009 and he was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year whilst leading the league in blocks three times during his 18-year career.

Biyombo has insisted he received permission from Mutombo to use the signature celebration, but the legend has said the Raptors center "really doesn't need it."

"You can copy something you like," Mutombo told on Tuesday night. "Bismack is my youngest brother. I have nothing to be mad at him for. I'm so proud of him. We're from the same country [Congo], and I call and text him every day to congratulate him, because I'm so proud of him."

The 49-year-old is struggling to recollect when he gave Biyombo his blessing and he told TMZ: "I don't know when that conversation took place. Him and I need to talk this summer."

Biyombo had told ESPN's production crew and others earlier in the Eastern Conference finals, "After I had a conversation with Mutombo, I just felt like he has been great to my country. ... And I thought it was a better way to keep his legacy going. I love Mutombo like a big brother. I've had several conversations with him and Hakeem Olajuwon. But it's also getting caught in the moment and finding a way to get the fans involved and my teammates, as well, and flowing with the energy of the game."

Mutombo doesn't have as clear a memory as Biyombo claims to enjoy, but the former eight-time All-Star insists it's nothing but love between the two and he looks forward to catching his compatriot this summer where they both return to Congo and put on basketball clinics for young children.

"He claims in the newspaper and everywhere he said I gave [permission] to him," Mutombo told TMZ. "I said, Did I [give it]? Was it family? Was it a cosign? But you know what, he's a young man, [so] I let him enjoy the fame. He's making me famous. I will see him in the Congo this summer, so him and I will talk back home with nobody around us."

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