Alonzo Mourning - Wikipedia
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The following year, Mourning played in 75 games despite his kidney disease, and was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Gamewhere he scored 13 points off the bench. As his condition worsened, Mourning did not play during the entire —03 season and his expiring contract was not renewed by the Heat.
But on November 25,Mourning retired from the NBA due to complications from his kidney disease. On December 19 of that year he underwent a successful kidney transplant.
Inhe started practicing with the Nets again, and made the team's regular season roster during the —05 season. He did not play a significant role with the Nets, however, and openly complained to the media that he wanted out of New Jersey, especially after the team traded away Kenyon Martin. Mourning never reported to the Raptors, and was bought out of his contract at a remaining 9 million dollars on February 11, Raptors team officials later said that he did not meet the medical conditions to play for the team.
His role was reduced as a backup because of superstar Shaquille O'Nealalthough he was called upon as a starter due to O'Neal missing stretches due to injury. O'Neal and Mourning even played together on the court at times, with Mourning 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 —05 season.
Mourning finished the regular season ranking third in blocked shots at 2. Miami swept the Nets in the first round of the playoffs, with Mourning scoring 21 points with 9 rebounds in just 16 minutes in game 2. In the second round against the Washington WizardsMourning stepped in for the injured O'Neal and scored 14 points with 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in game 3 as Miami completed another four-game sweep.
Miami fell in seven games to the defending champion Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, with Mourning leading the team in blocks with 3 per game for the series.
Mourning re-signed with Miami, as the Heat once again re-hauled their roster, acquiring other veterans seeking a title such as Antoine Walker and Gary Payton.
Mourning continued to serve as the Heat's backup center, and early on stepped in to serve as the team's starting center after O'Neal suffered an injury early on.
Mourning started in 20 games out of a total of 65 games played, averaging 7.
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In the playoffs, Mourning continued to shine in his role as a defensive player off the bench, as Miami advanced past the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey before defeating Detroit in 6 games to advance to the NBA Finalsthe first NBA Finals in franchise history and the first for Mourning. After a deficit, Miami won all three of its home games led by the spectacular play of Dwyane Wadeand in game 6 in Dallas Mourning came off the bench to score 8 points with 6 rebounds and a team high 5 blocks to help Miami win its first NBA Championship in franchise history.
After winning the championship, Mourning announced that he would return to the Heat in —07 to defend their title, despite receiving offers of more money from other teams, including the San Antonio Spurs. InMourning announced he would return for one more year with the Heat and his 15th season. After starting the season on a solid note averaging 6 points, 3.
During the —08 season, he became the Heat's all-time leader in points scored which has since been surpassed by Dwyane Wade. In his press conference he said, "I'm 38 years old and I feel like I have physically done all I can for this game.