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Old 02-25-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Story about MBenga... Dude was about to be executed! (serious)

Interesting history on MBenga... perhaps everyone else knew this, but I did not until now.


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Didier Mbenga lived in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo) for seventeen years as the son of a family involved in the Congolese government. When his father's term was over, the new regime hunted down everyone who worked for the previous leaders. His father died in unknown circumstances and it is unclear if the new regime were the ones behind it. During the war between the Tutsi's and the Hutu's Didier was falsely accused of being Tutsi and was put in a prison with execution waiting on him in the long run. In the year 1999, after a whole nine months being heavily mistreated in prison, Didier managed to escape after his brother bribed one of the prison guards. Fearing for their lives, Didier and his mother got on a flight out of Congo as soon as possible. The first available flight lead him to Belgium where they were given political asylum.

Later on, he would also pick up the Belgian nationality.

Once in Belgium, Didier stayed at an asylum center in the town of Kapellen, where he was spotted on the streets by former Belgian basketball legend Willy Steveniers. Impressed by his physical appearance, he offered to teach Didier the game of basketball. In the time to come, Steveniers would serve as Didier's personal basketball mentor as well as substitute father.

The duo's dream of Didier once playing in the NBA became reality in 2004, when he joined the Dallas Mavericks after spending a few years in various Belgian basketball leagues.




Source: Wiki - Didier Ilunga-Mbenga


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Old 02-25-2008, 04:10 PM   #2
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lol there's another thread on this but yeah. It's an inspiring story.
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:13 PM   #3
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yeah I posted that article :)

How do you search for threads by certain posters or topics?
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Old 02-25-2008, 04:27 PM   #4
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My bad... we can delete this one if you like.



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Old 02-25-2008, 04:41 PM   #5
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Are you sure you want to give thread-deleting encouragement to lakerfreak?

Just playin'. Don't ban me, bro!

No kidding... I forgot about our resident power hungry tyrant!


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Old 02-25-2008, 05:06 PM   #6
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loool You guys are comedy.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:31 PM   #7
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wow. scary story.
no wonder his game is awkward...he learned in Belgium.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:40 PM   #8
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Default Re: Story about MBenga... Dude was about to be executed! (serious)

What is happening/happened in Congo and Rwanda is completely insane and most Americans don't even know about it.
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What is happening/happened in Congo and Rwanda is completely insane and most Americans don't even know about it.

Yeah....it's a horrible, violent situation with no solution is sight.
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What is happening/happened in Congo and Rwanda is completely insane and most Americans don't even know about it.

All kidding aside, I agree. If you have knowledge about this subject, I certainly would like to see it posted, either in the Off The Court Lounge or even in here in our OT area.




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Old 02-25-2008, 11:12 PM   #11
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Default Re: Story about MBenga... Dude was about to be executed! (serious)

Unfortunately its not just that country. Stuff like this happens all the time everywhere and quite frankly thats why I dont vote because all these presidential candidates care about is me me me and somehow deceive citizens into voting them in and in the end, it's about the president getting what he wants.

Mbenga almost executed? Thats one thing.

Try persecution of christianity in egypt. Lots of racism going on there and in upper egypt, christians die for their faith. My friend's uncle was stabbed when an islamic extremist decided to enter an Orthodox church with a sword and wounded about 7 people, killing one.

You never know anything about people until you find out.

ethnic cleansing and genocides don't stop, thats just a pipedream.
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:08 AM   #12
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What is happening/happened in Congo and Rwanda is completely insane and most Americans don't even know about it.


Don't like your nickname.

Nice story.
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