Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning ( born February 8, 1970 in Chesapeake, Virginia ) is a retired American professional basketball player.

From 1992 he played in the U.S. professional league NBA. 1993 Mourning was named All- Rookie First Team for his performances in the first NBA year in the NBA. Prior to his recent move to the Miami Heat in 2004, for which he already played of 1996 to 2002, he went for the Charlotte Hornets (1992-1995 ), and the New Jersey Nets (2003-2004) on baskets hunting. The 2002/03 season he had to stop due to a kidney transplant.

In the game against the Atlanta Hawks on December 20, 2007, the then 37 - year-old center suffered a torn ligament in his knee and a tear of the patellar tendon, bringing the season was over for him. As a result of his inglorious Abtritts, it announced in the summer of 2008, to reconsider its long-awaited retirement from professional sport again. On 22 January 2009 he announced at a press conference finally his retirement from professional basketball. On March 30, 2009 during halftime of the game against the Miami Heat Orlando Magic, his number 33 was hung under the ceiling and is therefore no longer awarded. It is the first " retired number" in the history of the Miami Heat.

Although with 2.08 m for his position rather small, Mourning was for many years one of the best center in the NBA and was the late 1990s regularly as an MVP candidate. In 1999 and 2000 he was honored as Defensive Player of the Year. In 2002, the award followed by the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for community involvement. In the season 2005/ 06 he won the NBA Championship with the Miami Heat. He also was nominated 7 times for the NBA All-Star Game.

His career statistics show an average of 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 838 games.

Awards and achievements

  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 1999, 2000
  • NBA All -Star: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: 2002
  • NBA champion: 2006
  • All- NBA: First Team: 1999
  • Second team: 2000