NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Gets Emotional, Jersey Is Retired In Miami

Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning gets emotional as he waves to the crowd during his jersey retirement ceremony (Photo: AP)
Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning gets emotional as he waves to the crowd during his jersey retirement ceremony (Photo: AP)

Retired NBA vet, Alonzo Mourning, was honored on Monday night (March 30) during half-time when his former team, the Miami Heat, took on the Orlando Magic.

The former second overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, right behind Shaquille O’Neal, had his #33 jersey retired during a 43-minute halftime ceremony, in which Mourning became real emotional.

“Just eight short years ago, eight short years ago, I didn’t envision this moment happening,” Mourning said, right before his banner was raised. “This is probably one of the greatest moments of my life.”

As his jersey was hoisted into the rafters of the downtown bayside arena, Zo’s emotions got the best of him, as tears began to stream down his cheeks, a huge hand engulfing his mouth and chin to hide his emotion.

Despite a long career, in which he averaged over 20 points a night in six seasons and over 10 rebounds in four, the highlight came in 2006, when he finally won an NBA championship as a part of a Miami Heat roster that boasted teammates such as Shaq and Dwyane Wade.

In 2003, Zo underwent a kidney transplant given to him by his cousin Jason Cooper. Prior to his cousin offering his own kidney, the NBA star was on the brink of retiring all-together from the NBA. After recovering, he played for four more seasons before announcing his retirement this January.

During a press conference, Mourning said: “I’m 38 years old and I feel like I have physically done all I can for this game.”

Monday night was a nice cap to a successful career in the NBA, which in addition to his 2006 NBA championship, included seven All-Star appearances and two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Despite the retirement ceremony during the Miami/Orlando game, Zo’s moment was somewhat overshadowed by the Magic’s Dwight Howard, who grabbed 18 rebounds to set a new rebound mark. His rebound performance helped him pass Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest NBA player to reach the 5,000-board mark.

His 22 points and 18 rebounds also helped them slide past the Heat for the #2 spot in the Eastern Conference.

1 comment
  1. I’m so proud 4 what he accomplish for his team to led them to a championship&
    almost died in need of kidney transplant with a help of his cousin.Alonzo derves his jersy no.33 to be retire for miami heat

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