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horse900703
01-22-2009, 02:50 PM
7-time All-Star Mourning retires
By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer
1 hour, 20 minutes ago

MIAMI (AP)—Alonzo Mourning has decided to retire rather than mount another NBA comeback at age 38.

The seven-time All-Star center said Thursday he won’t return from a devastating leg injury in 2007. He’s not under contract but had been working out at the Miami Heat’s complex and still had a spot in the team’s locker room.

Mourning hasn’t played since tearing the patella tendon and quadriceps muscle in his right leg on Dec. 19, 2007, the fourth anniversary of his lifesaving kidney transplant. He said he feared another return would put his health in jeopardy.

“I truly feel it’s best that I retire,” Mourning said at a news conference. “When you’ve got something you love and you’re passionate about, it’s hard to let that go. But at 38 I feel I’ve physically done all I can for this game. It has been an amazing ride.”
Mourning, who turns 39 next month, played at Georgetown and was the second overall pick in the 1992 draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He also played for New Jersey but spent the majority of his career with the Heat, helping them reach the playoffs six consecutive years. He was the backup center to Shaquille O’Neal when Miami won the NBA title in 2006.

At age 30, Mourning was diagnosed in October 2000 with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a career-threatening kidney disease. He missed most of the ensuing season but rejoined the Heat in March 2001 and made the All-Star team the following year.

When his condition worsened, he missed the entire 2002-03 season and underwent a transplant in 2003. Again he returned, but for three consecutive summers beginning in 2005, Mourning considered retirement before choosing to keep playing.

“It’s not a sad day, but it’s a day to celebrate,” Mourning said. “I can think of a million people right now that would have loved to walk the path I’ve walked. The ups and the downs made it even more joyous.”

In 15 seasons, Mourning averaged 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds and twice was chosen NBA defensive player of the year. He averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 25 games last season for the Heat.

Mourning has long supported charitable causes in Miami and campaigned for better education. He attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AmAMzLv73jlD01HgJFLnUGe8vLYF?slug=ap-heat-mourningretires&prov=ap&type=lgns

nikeball
01-22-2009, 03:56 PM
I see.

LonghornDub
01-22-2009, 04:20 PM
I still have nightmares about the way he haunted the paint in Game 6 of the Finals. I was almost glad when Shaq was out there because Zo was playing so tough.

spreedom
01-22-2009, 04:48 PM
I also was disgnosed with FSG and received a kidney transplant... so whereas I hated the name on the front of his jersey, I feel a special bond and a lot of respect for the name on the back. Happy trails!

basketballgirl25
01-25-2009, 09:13 AM
I hated and still hate this man more then any other player, GM, Owner, in the NBA

spreedom
01-25-2009, 10:59 AM
I hated and still hate this man more then any other player, GM, Owner, in the NBA

Why? He doesn't play for the Mavericks...

basketballgirl25
01-25-2009, 11:25 AM
Why? He doesn't play for the Mavericks...

these articles pretty much explain why
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2009/01/24/0124nbaextra.html

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2009/01/23/8121301-sun.html

the two reasons are

When he was in NJ he complained about Nets not keeping Martin(I didn't mind Kidd complaining he was the best player on the Nets at the time)

and the bigger reason I hate him is when Vince Carter trade happened and when Mourning refused to go to Raptors.

nowhereman
01-25-2009, 01:19 PM
i couldn't care less about him retiring. If i never have to see his mug again, it would be too soon.

i actually agree with basketballgirl on this. :-O

aquaadverse
01-26-2009, 01:37 PM
these articles pretty much explain why
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2009/01/24/0124nbaextra.html

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2009/01/23/8121301-sun.html

the two reasons are

When he was in NJ he complained about Nets not keeping Martin(I didn't mind Kidd complaining he was the best player on the Nets at the time)

and the bigger reason I hate him is when Vince Carter trade happened and when Mourning refused to go to Raptors.

So I guess you must hate Devean George as well.

basketballgirl25
01-26-2009, 02:39 PM
So I guess you must hate Devean George as well.

yup, :D

spreedom
01-26-2009, 07:08 PM
yup, :D


How about Vince Carter, who completely quit on the Raptors (and has arguably quit on the Nets several times throughout the year this year)?

ghazi
01-26-2009, 07:13 PM
I hate anyone connected w/ the 2006 Cheat.

aquaadverse
01-27-2009, 08:44 PM
yup, :D

Zo is loved down here. Very active in the community, raised millions for his charities and freely gives of his time, especially with pre-op transplant patients. It goes far beyond writing checks and letting his name get slapped on an event.

Warning the following link will cause a large spike in Heat Hatred and Diva Disease! You have been warned:

http://www.zsg.com/

The guy is a solid citizen and a warrior. I enjoyed watching him play and the way he fought back to play is an example of why I love sports. Tough for New Jersey and Toronto but Riley never had an issue with him.

None of this even touches his performance as a player. He wasn't perfect and could be abrasively arrogant but I could rattle off a dozen players easily more deserving of "hate". I'll miss him.

mavsgirl4134
01-27-2009, 08:52 PM
haha... I saw the name of this thread out of the corner of my eye and thought it said, "Alonzo Mourning dies" I was like wat? holy crap!

Don't mind me... I'm just a tad loopy right now. :p

Tokey41
01-27-2009, 10:09 PM
I hate this man. If he didn't complain about being traded to the Raptors and flat out refuse to report to them (and somehow get off the hook without consequence!?), he wouldn't have been on that 06' Heat team in the first place.

It just goes to show you that bitching about your situation until somebody gets tired of it truly pays off.

bernardos70
01-27-2009, 11:42 PM
haha... I saw the name of this thread out of the corner of my eye and thought it said, "Alonzo Mourning dies" I was like wat? holy crap!

Don't mind me... I'm just a tad loopy right now. :p

*right now?*