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Encyclopedia > Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
Position Center
Height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight 261 lb (118 kg)
League NBA
Team Miami Heat
Jersey #33
Born February 8, 1970 (1970-02-08) (age 38)
Chesapeake, Virginia
Nationality American
High school Indian River
College Georgetown
Draft 2nd overall, 1992
Charlotte Hornets
Pro career 1992–present
Former teams Charlotte Hornets (1992–1995)
Miami Heat (1995–2001)
New Jersey Nets (2003–2004)
Awards All-NBA First Team (1999)
All-NBA Second Team (2000)
NBA Def. Player of the Year (1999, 2000)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999, 2000)
Seven-time All Star
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
NBA Champion (2006)
Official profile Player Info
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 2000 Sydney United States
World Championships
Bronze 1990 Argentina USA
Gold 1994 Canada USA
See also: List of college men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds

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Known simply as "Zo", Mourning plays at center and is 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall, and weighs 261 lb (118 kg/18.6 st). His tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. He is applauded for making a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and years later winning his first NBA Championship with the Heat. He has also played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kg redirects here. ... The stone is a unit of mass in the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and most Commonwealth countries. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ...


Mourning and his wife Tracy have one son, Alonzo III ("Trey"), and a daughter, Myka Sydney.


Alonzo's autobiography Resilience, detailing his inspirational and spiritual recovery from kidney transplant surgery to win an NBA title, is scheduled for release by Random House on September 30, 2008.

Contents

Basketball career

Early career

During his time at Indian River High School in Chesapeake he led the team to 51 straight victories and a state title his junior year (1987). As a senior he averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds and 12 blocked shots a game. His play drew many comparisons to a younger version of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who also played at center. Mourning played college basketball for the Georgetown University Hoyas. He led the nation in blocked shots his freshman year and was an All American his last year there. He was selected second overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, behind Shaquille O'Neal. Mourning was named to the league's all-rookie team in 1993 after averaging 21.0 pts, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.47 blocks. He finished second to Shaquille O'Neal in rookie of the year voting. He posted the highest scoring average of any rookie in Hornets history. Mourning and O'Neal were the first NBA rookies since David Robinson in 1989-90 to average 20 or more points and 10-plus rebounds in their first seasons. Mourning shattered Charlotte's blocked-shots records, becoming the Hornets' all-time career leader in the 49th game of the season. The greatest moment of Mourning's rookie season came on May 5, 1993 in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. His 20-footer at the buzzer gave the Hornets a 104-103 victory in the game and a three-games-to-one victory in the series. Indian River High School is a high school in Chesapeake, Virginia. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Father John Carroll founded the school in 1789, though its roots extend back to 1634. ... The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. ... 1992 NBA Draft - 24 June 1992, Portland, Oregon Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 1989-90 NBA Season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


In the 1994-95 season, Mourning and teammate Larry Johnson elevated the Hornets into a 50-win team and brought them to the playoffs. Mourning ranked first on the team in scoring (21.3 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg), blocked shots (2.92 per game), and field goal percentage (.519). The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... Field goal percentage in basketball is the ratio of field goals made to field goals attempted. ...


Miami Heat

Friction with Johnson and contract issues forced a change, so after three years in Charlotte, he was traded to Miami, where he played for the Heat for the next seven seasons. He was the centerpiece of the Pat Riley-coached Miami Heat, averaging close to 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, and dominating the paint with his intimidating shot-blocking. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice during this period and was named into the All-NBA First Team after leading the Heat in scoring (20.1 ppg), field-goal percentage (.511), rebounds (11.0), blocked shots (3.9) during the 1999-2000 NBA season. He and Tim Hardaway led the Heat into playoffs, where the Knicks-Heat rivalry intensified. For the American guitarist, see Patrick Riley. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ... The Knicks-Heat rivalry is a rivalry between two professional basketball teams, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, of the National Basketball Association. ...


In the 1997 NBA Playoffs, with the Heat down 3-0 to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, Mourning guaranteed a victory in Game 4. The Heat won the Game 87-80, but the Heat lost in five. The next season, Miami would be eliminated in the first round by the Knicks, a series in which Mourning was suspended for the 5th and deciding game of due to an on-court fight with ex-teammate Larry Johnson where Knicks Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy wound up hanging onto Mourning's leg in an attempt to break it up. Miami would also be eliminated by the Knicks in the playoffs the following two seasons. The 1997 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1996-1997 season. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, California) is an American basketball head coach, currently for the National Basketball Associations Houston Rockets. ...


In 2000, Miami underwent an overhaul to attempt to put together the pieces to win a championship, and expectations leading up to the season were high. However, prior the start of the 2000-01 season, Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a disease of the kidneys, that had caused him to miss the first five months of that season. Even after the diagnosis, Mourning returned and played in the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. Because his condition worsened, Mourning did not play during the entire 2002-03 season and his expiring contract was not renewed by the then-rebuilding Heat. The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a cause of nephrotic syndrome in children and adolescents, as well as an important cause of kidney failure in adults. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


New Jersey Nets

As a free agent, in 2003 he signed a four-year contract with the New Jersey Nets. But on November 25, 2003 Mourning retired from the NBA due to complications from his kidney disease. On December 19 of that year he underwent a successful kidney transplant. In 2004, he started practicing with the Nets again, and made the team's regular season roster for a part of his time spent with the Nets in the 2004-05 season. However, he did not play a significant role with the Nets and openly complained to the media that he wanted out of New Jersey, especially after the team traded Kenyon Martin. [1] Mourning was traded to the Toronto Raptors on December 17, 2004. Mourning refused to report to the team and the Raptors were forced to buy out his contract, at a remaining 9 million dollars, on February 11, 2005. Team officials later said that he did not meet the medical conditions to play for the Raptors. [2] [3] Mourning then finished the season with the Miami Heat being paid a second salary, the veteran's minimum.[4] Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977 in Saginaw, Michigan), is an American professional basketball player. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ...


Back with the Heat

After being unhappy at the prospect of playing for a losing franchise, Mourning re-signed with the Heat on March 1, 2005. His role was reduced as a backup because of superstar Shaquille O'Neal, although he has been called upon as a starter due to O'Neal missing stretches due to injury. Shaq and Mourning even played together on the court at times, with Mouring playing power forward. Because of physical limitations, his minutes were reduced, but was still a steady contributor. Mourning's tenacious defense, steady offense, and all around hustle helped the Heat gain and maintain the second-best record in the NBA's Eastern conference during the 2005-06 season; his intensity had earned him the title "The Ultimate Warrior" amongst Miami Heat fans. Mourning finished the regular season ranking third in blocked shots at 2.66 per game, despite only playing 20 minutes per contest. is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ...


The Miami Heat and Mourning finally won the elusive NBA Championship in the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks 4 games to 2. Although he was used as a reserve center behind Shaquille O'Neal during the Finals, he contributed 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the decisive Game 6 of the series and was a strong force throughout. The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


After winning the championship, Mourning announced that he would return to the Heat in 2006-07 to defend their title, despite receiving offers of more money from other teams, including the San Antonio Spurs. In 2007, Mourning announced he would return for one more year with the Heat and his 15th season. "It will definitely be my last year", Mourning said. After starting the season on a solid note averaging 6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.75 blocks in just over 16 played per 24 games[1], Mourning tore his patellar tendon in his right knee[2] on December 19 during the first quarter of a 117-111 OT loss in Atlanta.[3][4] The injury, which occurred on the fourth anniversary of his successful kidney transplant, would be career-threatening. But rumors have persisted about a possible return, and Mourning himself said that this wasn't the way he wanted to end his career. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Patellar ligament (anterior ligament) is the central portion of the common tendon of the Quadriceps femoris, which is continued from the patella to the tuberosity of the tibia. ... Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Up to retirement, Mourning averages the most blocks in the NBA per 48 minutes with 5.46.


During the 2007-08 season, he became the Heat's all-time leader in points scored.


Career highlights

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Kidney transplant

On November 25, 2003, Mourning's cousin and a former U. S. Marine, Jason Cooper, was visiting Mourning's gravely ill grandmother in the hospital. Mourning's father was present and informed Cooper that Mourning was retiring that very same day from the NBA because of a life-threatening kidney disease, focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, the same problem that Sean Elliott had in 1999. Cooper asked if there was anything he could do, and began to contemplate donating one of his kidneys to his estranged cousin, who he had not seen in 25 years and whom he only knew through basketball. Cooper was tested for compatibility, along with many other family members and friends (including fellow NBA center and good friend Patrick Ewing); as fate would have it, during his grandmother's funeral, Mourning received the good news that Jason Cooper was a match. is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. ...


Mourning received Cooper's left kidney on December 19, 2003. is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Charitable Work

In 1997, Alonzo Mourning established Alonzo Mourning Charities Inc. to aid in the development of children and families living in at-risk situations and provides support and services that enhance the lives of youth of promise.


After being diagnosed with Focal Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a degenerative kidney ailment, at the start of the 2000-2001 season, Mourning launched Zo’s Fund for Life , a campaign which seeks to raise funds for research, education, and testing to fight Focal Glomerulosclerosis Funds are allocated toward: research for a cure, education for doctors and the general public, testing for early detection and a funds for those not able to afford medication.


In 2007, Alonzo Mourning along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, and Cal Ripken Jr. founded Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization, which helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspires millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support the community.[7] Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970) is a former World No. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. ... Warrick DeMon Dunn (born January 5, 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. // At Catholic High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dunn played quarterback, cornerback, and running back. ... Mia Hamm (born Mariel Margaret Hamm on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama) is a former American soccer player. ... Jeffery Michael Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is a professional American race car driver. ... This article is about the American skateboarder. ... Andrea Jaeger (born June 4, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. ... Jackie Joyner-Kersee (born March 3, 1962) is a retired American athlete, ranked amongst the all-time greatest heptathletes. ... Mario Lemieux (born October 5, 1965) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 17 seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1984 and 2005. ... Cal Ripken, Jr. ...


Trivia

  • One of his greatest rivals was fellow Georgetown and Knicks center Patrick Ewing.
  • Mourning contributed $25,000 to the American Democratic Party in 2004. [5]
  • Mourning appeared in the video games NBA Jam, NBA Jam Tournament Edition, NBA Jam Extreme, NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC, and NBA Jam (2003) (as both a current player and a 90's All-Star).
  • Made an appearance in The Game's music video "Dreams" and Hootie & the Blowfish video "Only Wanna Be With You".
  • Mourning graduated with a degree in sociology.
  • Signed a $105 million contract with the Miami Heat in 1996.
  • As the #1 player in the class of 1988, Mourning was ranked above such talents as Billy Owens, Shawn Kemp, Kenny Williams, and Stanley Roberts. He was the first player to win the Gatorade, Naismith, Parade, and USA Today high school player of the year awards simultaneously.

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Alonzo Mourning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1156 words)
Mourning was one of four players to lead an NBA team in four major statistical categories (along with Dana Barros, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Scottie Pippen), ranking first on the team in scoring (21.3 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg), blocked shots (2.92 per game), and field goal percentage (.519).
Mourning re-signed with the Heat on March 1, 2005.
Mourning's father was present and informed Cooper that Alonzo was retiring that very same day from the NBA because of a life-threatening kidney disease, focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, the same problem that Sean Elliott had in 1999.
FosterClub | Famous Foster Youth - Alonzo Mourning (922 words)
Alonzo was given a really hard choice: to live with his mom, Julia, or to live with his dad.
During the time Alonzo lived with them, there were as many as nine other kids living with his foster parents, but he always felt like part of the family and was treated like one of their own children.
Alonzo, who suffers from a rare kidney disease, is one of the most charitable sports stars in the country.
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