Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. (born February 8, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career for the Miami Heat.

Nicknamed “Zo”, Mourning played at center. Following his college basketball career at Georgetown University, his tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. Mourning made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and later won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Heat. Mourning also played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. On March 30, 2009, Mourning became the first Miami Heat player to have his number retired. Since June 26, 2009, Mourning has served as Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat. On August 8, 2014, Mourning was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mourning announced his return to the Heat in late June 2009; he holds the position of Vice President of Player Programs and Development, which covers community outreach and mentoring young players. On July 2014 the NBA announced that Mourning would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 8.

 

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Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2006)
7× NBA All-Star (1994–1997, 2000–2002)
All-NBA First Team (1999)
All-NBA Second Team (2000)
2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1999, 2000)
2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999, 2000)
2× NBA blocks leader (1999, 2000)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2002)
No. 33 retired by Miami Heat
Consensus first-team All-American (1992)
Consensus second-team All-American (1990)
Third-team All-American – NABC (1991)
Big East Player of the Year (1992)
2× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1990, 2000)
McDonald’s All-American MVP (1988)
Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1988)

Men’s basketball
Competitor for the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team competition
FIBA World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Argentina Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1994 Canada Team competition
Goodwill Games
Silver medal – second place 1990 Seattle Team competition

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