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Alonzo Mourning Announces His Retirement
Jan 23 2009 10:29AM
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MIAMI, 01/22/09 – After a sterling NBA career that spanned 15 seasons and saw him capture an NBA championship with the HEAT in 2006, seven All-Star berths and twice being named the Defensive Player of the Year, Miami HEAT great Alonzo Mourning announced his retirement. Mourning, who also captured a gold medal with the United States Senior National team at the 2000 Olympics, appeared in 838 games with the HEAT, Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets and averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.81 blocked shots, 1.1 assists and 31.0 minutes while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 69.2 percent from the foul line during his career. He finished his professional career with 14,311 points, 7,137 rebounds and 2,356 blocks (10th all-time in NBA history).
Mourning, who was originally acquired by the HEAT from the Hornets on Nov. 3, 1995 and re-signed as a free agent on Mar. 1, 2005, is Miami’s all-time leader in games played with 593. The 6’10”, 261-pound center also tops the HEAT’s all-time lists in points scored (9,459), minutes played (17,700), free throws made (2,558) and attempted (3,896), offensive rebounds (1,505), defensive rebounds (3,302), total rebounds (4,807), blocked shots (1,625) and double-figure scoring efforts (442). Additionally, he finished his career as the all-time leader in blocked shots in Hornets history with 684 in his three seasons. Mourning also ranks as the HEAT’s all-time postseason leader in games played (82), offensive rebounds (137), defensive rebounds (386), total rebounds (523) and blocks (171).
Originally selected with the second overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets and a member of the 1992-93 NBA All-Rookie team, Mourning enjoyed his finest seasons as a member of the HEAT. Mourning made an immediate impact in his first season in Miami, becoming the first HEAT player selected to play in an All-Star Game in 1995-96. He was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Defensive Team honors in both the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons after leading the league in blocked shots each season. He still ranks as the only player in HEAT history to be selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. During the 1998-99 season he earned First Team All-NBA honors and the following season he received Second Team All-NBA honors and finished third in the MVP voting.
In addition to his exploits on the court, Mourning is revered as a community leader for his tireless commitment off the court. For his efforts he received the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for the 2001-02 season and twice was a recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award (July 2006 and July 2008). He founded Alonzo Mourning Charities to raise money for various organizations, including the Overtown Youth Center, that support abused and neglected children as well as children who live in at-risk situations. Zo’s Summer Groove, his foundation’s flagship fund raising event has raised an estimated $7 million in its 12 years and Zo’s Fund For Life, which he formed during the 2001-02 season, has raised $2 million for kidney research and to help provide medication to families that cannot afford it. Zo’s Fund for Life was formed after he learned he was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, a degenerative kidney ailment at the start of the 2000-01 season. He later would have kidney transplant surgery on Dec. 19, 2003 before returning to the NBA for the 2004-05 season.