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Real Life 'Storage Wars'

DIKEMBE MUTOMBO Jackpot!

... For $300

9/11/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0910_dikembe_mutombo_treasures_launchIt's the kind of "Storage Wars" story that would make Dave Hester proud -- some guy in Maryland bought a unit for $300 at a storage auction recently only to find more Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia than you can shake a giant finger at.

The winning bidder is Adrian Petrus ... who competed for the contents of a forceclosed unit -- and just like on "Storage Wars," Adrian had no idea what was inside.

So you can imagine how pumped he was when he opened the locker and realized the whole thing was packed full of Mutombo items -- signed basketballs, shoes, jerseys,  trading cards and photos of Dikembe with celebs like Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela

The locker also contained works of art painted and signed by Mutombo's brother.

So who would abandon such an incredible cache of Dikembe stuff?

Turns out, the unit belonged to one of Dikembe's brothers ... who lost the locker recently after missing several rental payments.

We're told the brother had gone back to the Congo to deal with family issues in the wake of his father's death -- and simply forgot to make his locker payments. Sucks. 

Petrus tells us .. once he realized what he had, he reached out to Dikembe to try and make a deal to return the items ... but never heard back.  So, naturally, the next step ... is eBay.

We reached out to Dikembe for comment -- but so far, we haven't heard back from the big man ... he was too busy getting a humanitarian award.

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In all Airness    

The irony is, he motioned to the auctioneer, using a 'finger wag', advising he no longer wanted to bid...

373 days ago
17.

Dubbz360    

Not in my house!!

373 days ago
18.

luckyone    

Must be tough for Petrus to hold onto any of these things...as soon as he takes them in his hands Dikembe keeps coming out of nowhere, knocking crap out of his grip then shaking his finger at Petrus and saying ,"ho, ho, ho, not today!"

373 days ago
19.

OK    

YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!

373 days ago
20.

Truth Be Told    

FYI: Just so everyone knows - There is someone who is cloning me (and a lot of other people) and is posting on all the boards.

373 days ago
21.

olajuwon021    

is there a way to get Adrian's email address? I would be very interested in acquiring Mutombo's recorded basketball games on VHS tapes if there are any.

olajuwon021@gmail.com

373 days ago
22.

Truth Be Told    

FYI: Just so everyone knows - There is someone who is cloning me (and a lot of other people) and is posting on all the boards. If you don't believe me - click on his avatar and then mine you will see for yourself. This person steals other people's avatar's and nick names then hides behind a proxy server and posts on all the boards. Beware: This person may very easily clone you also! So Heads Up!!

373 days ago
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MySkillzPayMyBillz    

Dayumm! Size 17's huh...

372 days ago
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