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28 D.J. Mbenga C
Height/Weight: 7-0/240 | Birthdate: 12/30/1980 | Birthplace: Kinshasa, Zaire | Team: | College: No College | NBA Experience: 7 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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Mbenga signs to play in China


(11/10/2012) Center D.J. Mbenga has agreed to a deal to play professional basketball in China. Mbenga is playing with Qingdao.

Mbenga to see more run?


(2/1/2011) The Hornets will be without starting center Emeka Okafor for 1-3 weeks with an injury and the team will have to turn elsewhere for low-post production. The Hornets had Aaron Gray coming back early from his own injury to help out. The other possibilities in the post are D.J. Mbenga, David Andersen and Jason Smith, who started and played quite well. Coach Monty Williams did not detail how he planned to use each prior to Tuesday's game against the Wizards but Mbenga only played three minutes. He only had one rebound as his only discernible stat.

Mbenga no longer in the mix


(1/20/2011) The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Hornets C D.J. Mbenga has lost his spot in the rotation to Aaron Gray. Mbenga hasn't played since Dec. 31. “D.J. just knows he has to be ready when his time is called, but Aaron has been pretty good for us,’’ coach Monty Williams said. “He’s got a lot better understanding of what we want to do, he knows all of our sets, and he’s big. He didn’t play all year, but he kept working and is a good soldier.’’

Mbenga quiet in return


(12/10/2010) Hornets center D.J. Mbenga logged 12 minutes on Friday night against the Thunder after missing two straight games with a stomach virus. He missed both of his shots from the field and grabbed just one rebound. Mbenga would add one block in the Hornets' 92-97 loss.

Mbenga misses time


(12/9/2010) New Orleans center D.J. Mbenga (stomach virus) missed his second straight game Wednesday as the Hornets routed Detroit, 93-74. Mbenga, who is averaging 1.0 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game, has logged more than 10 minutes in just five contests this season.

Mbenga under the weather


(12/5/2010) Hornets C D.J. Mbenga was held out of Sunday's game against the Spurs in San Antonio. The team announced that he is dealing with a stomach virus.

Mbenga signed by Hornets


(10/13/2010) The New Orleans Hornets signed 7-foot center D.J. Mbenga. He was a free agent after playing 49 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Los Angeles and had his first career double-double against the Hornets early last season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Mbenga remains out for Lakers


(5/11/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga (eye) remained out on Monday for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Jazz. He has not played since the Lakers' first-round playoff series after undergoing laser eye surgery.

Mbenga held out of Game 5


(4/28/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga, who had a second laser surgery on his eye to repair two retinal holes on Sunday, did not play during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Thunder.

Mbenga has second eye surgery


(4/26/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga had a second laser surgery on his eye to repair two retinal holes on Sunday. Mbenga, who won't play in Game 5, got elbowed in the head during practice.

Mbenga gets minutes in garbage time


(4/25/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga got some minutes in Saturday's blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mbenga played five minutes, scoring three points on 1 of 3 shooting. He also picked up three rebounds. Mbenga had previously not played a minute in the playoffs because of an eye injury.

Mbenga remains on the bench


(4/23/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga did not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Thunder on Thursday. He had laser surgery on Saturday to repair a retinal hole in his eye.

Mbenga sits out again


(4/21/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga did not play in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinals against the Thunder on Tuesday. He had laser surgery on Saturday to repair a retinal hole in his eye.

Mbenga's eye OK


(4/19/2010) According to the official team website, Lakers C D.J. Mbenga underwent successful laser surgery to repair a retinal hole. Mbenga said his vision improved within 5 to 10 minutes. Mbenga was knocked in the head twice on Friday's and Saturday's practice. It was also cleared up that he hadn't suffered a concussion. “Now it’s cool, my vision is better and I have to (wear protective goggles) for the rest of the season,” said the fifth-year big man. Mbenga will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's playoff game against the Thunder. "Tomorrow (Tuesday) they’ll tell me if I can play or not,” he said.

Mbenga unable to play Sunday


(4/18/2010) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga had retinal surgery on his left eye after getting struck in practice Saturday, his second hit in the head in two days. He did not play in Sunday's contest against the Thunder and will be reevaluated on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Mbenga grabs 13 rebounds as starter


(11/7/2009) Lakers C DJ Mbenga had 13 rebounds but little offensive success while starting for the first time in his three seasons with the Lakers on Friday night in a win over the Grizzlies. Mbenga scored five points on 2 of 7 shooting in 30 minutes on the floor. He blocked four shots.

Mbenga goes crazy with the blocks


(10/23/2009) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga, getting to start Thursday's preseason game against the Nuggets with both Andrew Bynum (shoulder) and Pau Gasol (hamstring) sidelined by injuries, had eight points, two assists and a remarkable seven blocks in 27 minutes.

Mbenga has rare five block game


(3/7/2009) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga tied his career high with five of the Lakers' 14 blocked shots in Friday's game against the Timberwolves. The Lakers' second unit played the final period, giving them valuable experience and the coaching staff a chance to assess their skills ahead of the playoffs.

D.J. Mbenga barely plays


(2/29/2008) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga had no points with 2 rebounds in Thursday's win over Miami. He logged just 2 minutes of action off the bench.

Mbenga signed for rest of season


(2/11/2008) The Los Angeles Lakers signed center D.J. Mbenga for the rest of the season Monday.

Mbenga signed to second deal


(2/1/2008) Lakers C D.J. Mbenga was signed to a second 10-day contract Friday.

Lakers fill need with D.J. Mbenga


(1/21/2008) The Lakers signed free-agent center DJ Mbenga to a 10-day contract Monday. The 7-footer from the Congo was released by Golden State on Jan. 6.

Warriors waive Mbenga, promote Perovic


(1/6/2008) The Golden State Warriors waived center D.J. Mbenga on Sunday after just 16 games with the team. They also recalled center Kosta Perovic from its NBDL affiliate in Bakersfield. Mbenga, the former Dallas reserve, signed with the Warriors on Nov. 17. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds with the club, but Golden State cut him before Thursday, when his contract would have become a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season. Perovic was assigned to Bakersfield on the same day Golden State signed Mbenga. The Serbian center was the 38th overall pick in the 2006 draft, but hasn't played with the Warriors.

D.J. Mbenga signed by Warriors


(11/18/2007) The Golden State Warriors signed center DJ Mbenga before opening their five-game East Coast road trip, waiving second-round draft pick Stephane Lasme to make room.

Mavericks get rid of C Mbenga


(10/30/2007) To make room for newly signed F Juwan Howard, the Mavericks waived center D.J. Mbenga on Tuesday. The 7-footer played only 21 games last season before tearing ligaments in his right knee Feb. 7. He played in only one preseason game and had five rebounds and two blocked shots in 12 minutes. "D.J. needs an opportunity to play and develop," Donnie Nelson said in a story on the team's Web site. "We're hopeful that with playing time, whether it's in the NBA or Europe, he'll be able to join our team in the future."