HoopsHype Alonzo Mourning rumors

August 7, 2014 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is welcoming its newest group of inductees. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern led the class of 10 that received its membership blazers on Thursday. The induction gala is Friday night down the street from the hoops shrine. Also in the class of 2014 are former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson of Arkansas and Gary Williams of Maryland. USA Today Sports

August 6, 2014 Updates

"To tell you the truth," Mourning, 44, says quietly, sincerely, almost bemused, "I'm not supposed to have been [in the Hall of Fame]. I'm not, when you think about the obstacles I had to overcome, and when you think about how all the stars truly had to be in line for me to have the right people in my life at the right time. It was all storybook, truly. It was storybook for me to land on my feet after all the different challenges, and to now experience this moment." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

When Fannie Ella Reid Threet died at the age of 98 on Oct. 13, 2013, not only was "Alonzo H. Mourning of Miami, Fl." listed in her obituary as one of her children, but Mourning's children -- Alonzo H. Mourning III, Myka Mourning and Alijah Mourning -- among her grandchildren. "Her intense love for her kids that came into her home and her doing everything humanely possible to try to make sure that these kids were successful, it became contagious," Mourning says, as if Threet is present in the moment. "And I never forgot that." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 4, 2014 Updates

Stern will be enshrined Friday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, part of a 2014 class that includes former players Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, along with NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams. Stern ended his run as commissioner after exactly 30 years on Feb. 1 — he won't say retired, because he's still working — and once thought he would wait five years for induction, same as players. Officials from the NBA and Hall of Fame persuaded him otherwise, and nobody is arguing that he belongs immediately. "It would be hard to overstate the impact I think David has had on the game of basketball. Admitting that I'm prejudiced toward basketball, David Stern could go down in our era as the greatest commissioner of all-time in all sports," said former NBA coach and ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo. USA Today Sports

August 2, 2014 Updates

Had there not been a championship with the Heat in 2006, it is possible there would not have been Springfield, with Mourning's career cut short by a knee injury. Yet the transplant was a primary reason Mourning pushed to return. "After my transplant, I wanted to have an impact on other people's lives and provide encouragement and hope," Mourning says during a reflective moment in a lounge at AmericanAirlines Arena. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mourning's transplant came close to the midpoint of the 2003-04 season. My wife's donation came during the midpoint of the 2008-09 season, between a Heat victory in Oklahoma City and Heat home loss to Boston. Mourning made it to the court by the start of the following season; my wife was back home within days. "Twenty, 30 years ago technology wasn't as advanced as it is now," Mourning says. "The surgery was more invasive. And now, the donor, there's this very small incision by the navel, there's laparoscopic incisions that's made and the kidney is removed through these little holes and then you're able to administer the kidney. The turnaround for both the donor and the [recipient] is three, four, five days. So I'm very, very fortunate from that perspective." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 1, 2014 Updates

Former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning has been chosen as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Mourning was inducted at the Overtown Youth Center in Miami that he helped found in 2004. He says he is joining Laureus "to bring the success we've seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe." Boston Herald

June 2, 2014 Updates

Wary of hangers-on and sycophants, President Barack Obama has made few friends since moving into the White House. Alonzo Mourning, the former Miami Heat star, is a striking exception. He was one of many boldface Democratic donors willing to lend their names to Obama’s first presidential campaign and became a member of a small group of ex-NBA players summoned to play basketball with the president. Over the past few years, though, the president and player-turned-philanthropist developed a deeper bond that challenges the “no new friends” mantra the Obamas developed during the 2008 race. St. Petersburg Times

April 7, 2014 Updates

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 10 members of the Class of 2014 to be honored August 7-9, 2014 during this year's Enshrinement Ceremonies. This year's list includes Immaculata University's AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 Naismith, NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond and NCAA National Championship coach Gary Williams. They join the five directly elected members who were announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February by distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game of basketball. They include Bob Leonard voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Nat Clifton from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Sarunas Marciulionis from the International Committee, Guy Rodgers from the Veterans Committee and David Stern from the Contributor Direct Election Committee. NBA.com

April 4, 2014 Updates

One of the most beloved athletes in South Florida sports history is going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Former Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning received word Wednesday that he has been selected as a first-ballot inductee. For a professional athlete, there is no higher honor. Mourning, now an executive in the Heat’s front office, was at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday but did not speak with reporters. Miami Herald

April 3, 2014 Updates

The NBA doesn’t have a Hall of Fame, leaving the duty of honoring its all-time greats to the Basketball Hall of Fame – an organization hung up on honoring players and coaches (way too many coaches) based on accomplishments at lesser levels. Its processes are both screwed up and secretive (though maybe the former will get marginally better). Advice: Never predict who will be enshrined, and don’t dwell on who should be enshrined. It doesn’t make sense and won’t make sense. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few moments to honor those elected in what’s still a huge honor. Five former NBA players were finalists this year, and two were reportedly elected. In: Alonzo Mourning Mitch Richmond Out: Tim Hardaway Kevin Johnson Spencer Haywood NBCSports.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

Carmichael Dave: Alonzo Mourning will also be inducted I am told. As @sam_amick reported, unfortunately a very deserving Mayor Johnson will not be in. Twitter

February 15, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on being named a finalist for the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame: Via official statement from his office: “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as a finalist for the Hall of Fame and I am sincerely humbled. It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the Committee for all of the hard work and effort we all put into the game. To be considered along with three great peers of mine, Tim (Hardaway), (Alonzo Mourning, and (Mitch Richmond), as well as (Spencer Haywood), is icing on the cake,” said Johnson. Sulia

February 11, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama will host a fundraiser for House Democrats at the home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning. That's according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. The event in Miami on March 20 will benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers will also attend. ESPN.com

November 9, 2013 Updates

The president was seen arriving at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie just before 11 a.m., reported NBC News. And he wasn't alone. The president was accompanied by former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning, as seen in the photo above. The 18-hole course is well-known for being the private golf club where the movie "Caddyshack" was filmed. Obama arrived at Miami International Airport Friday afternoon, causing some traffic delays in the area. Further road closures were expected Saturday. NBC Miami

August 10, 2013 Updates
May 21, 2013 Updates

Alonzo Mourning: Scottie Pippen Said LeBron Would Kick Michael Jordan’s Ass. This is where we are in sports: Former athlete gets asked a question about LeBron vs. Jordan, because LeBron is the NBA right now. Former athlete (in this case, Alonzo Mourning) answers to the laughter of everyone. Was he joking? Maybe. Was he serious? Maybe. Could Scottie Pippen have actually said this? Who knows. And who cares? (Obligatory plug of Pippen’s wife, Larsa.) The Big Lead

May 20, 2013 Updates
April 20, 2013 Updates

Prior to the Pacers/HEAT game last month, HEAT Legend Alonzo Mourning hosted a meet and greet with Jauron Jones, who has been battling a life-threatening condition since infancy. Jones’ body cannot absorb enough nutrients from food to sustain life, which has led to health scares over the years. He underwent bone marrow, liver and small intestine transplants before age two. The teenager was placed on a waiting list for another liver and small intestine transplant when both organs started to fail again, but was recently taken off the list when his liver seemed to be healing, Jones said. NBA.com

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