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Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
Position: -
Born: 02/08/70
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:261 lbs. / 118.4 kg.
Earnings: $143,906,333 ($215,551,783*)
Riley: Now would be the time to offer him a max contract [Laughs]. But I don’t think it’s a money thing with him, he wants to go out on his terms. He’s played above and beyond expectations this year. He’s handled everything flawlessly without pointing the finger at himself and saying this is all about me. It’s been a beautiful ride. Mourning: I remember when he was just a kid, all he would eat was hamburger and french fries. I would try to get him to eat vegetables. I’ve watched this man grow up into a father, a husband, a leader, a philanthropist, Now, he’s able to end this chapter of his life the way he wants to end it. Not a lot of athletes are able to do that. I’m so happy he’s able to do that. He will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest athlete to come out of South Florida. Riley: There’s been a handful of athlete in this city that have left their mark, but there isn’t any mark by anybody else bigger, any footprint bigger, anybody after their career bigger than Dwyane. Anthony: He can still continue playing if he wanted to. I think he’s made peace in his decision. This is the perfect time for him to go out.
Udonis Haslem: LeBron James had the best basketball IQ I’ve ever seen from a player. The way I see the game now, I know everybody’s position. I know where everybody should be. I know what everybody should be doing. When I’m looking at the defenses, I’m not just looking at the man that’s guarding me. I’m looking at the other four defenders on the floor. That’s something I learned from LeBron. Alonzo [Mourning] always told me, ‘Every player in this league is one trade, one coach and one injury away from being a role player to a superstar to out of the league.’ I always took that with me. Shaquille [O’Neal] told me, ‘Whatever your routine is, stick with it. When you have bad games, people want to go change their routine. What am I doing different? No. Stick with your routine. Believe in your routine. Believe in yourself. Believe in what you’ve been doing.’
Former NBA All-Star and Miami society fixture Alonzo Mourning is getting divorced from wife Tracy after 22 years of marriage, Page Six has learned. Sources say the pair — who have three children together — quietly separated a couple of months ago and are now planning to file for divorce. We’re told it’s quite a topic of conversation around the Heat offices, where the team’s former star center now works in player development.
Along with Riley, Heat owner Micky Arison, CEO Nick Arison, general manager Andy Elisburg and team executive and former player Alonzo Mourning were among those representing the organization in Charlotte for Wade’s final All-Star Weekend. “It’s great, man. I’m not the kind of person that like expects things,” Wade said of the support he’s received from Heat brass during the weekend. “When things happen, like [Thursday’s dinner] when I walked on the red carpet and saw Pat there — I didn’t expect Pat to be there because I didn’t know a lot about the dinner. I appreciate people taking their time to come and support me. The Miami Heat organization, big Andy, they’ve been at everything I’ve done my whole All-Star career, my whole off-the-court endeavors and supported a lot of the things I’ve done. So I’ve been appreciative of that and I will continue to be appreciative of it.”
Storyline: Riley-Wade Dynamic
“Pat used to get mad when he was the Knicks’ coach and I’d go out with Alonzo and Dikembe,” Ewing said, tossing in Mutombo, another Georgetown veteran. “He’d tell me, ‘You got to stay away from those guys.’ But whenever we played, starting with the summer workouts at Georgetown, we’d try to kill each other.” Alonzo Mourning said, “And at the end of the day, it was family,”
Wilkins: And your balance is there. I started jumping off two feet by accident. And it was against Milwaukee. I went baseline. First I faked it and I came back down and I jumped, and Bob Lanier was coming. I brought it back and came back, I didn’t realize what I did until I saw the film. Bob Lanier didn’t speak to me for nine years. What? Carter: Same thing with Zo. Wilkins: He said, ‘I didn’t want to speak to you. I just started liking you again.’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘When I had to go home and my daughter said, ‘How you let that little skinny kid dunk you?’ I said, ‘I hated your ass.’ Carter: Zo didn’t talk to me for five years. From that dunk.
Richard Jefferson: My favorite thing to do was to dunk on people. Alonzo Mourning. Chris Bosh. Nenad Krstic. Shelden Williams. Kevin Willis. Mark Madsen. Jonas Valanciunas. I would search those out. When I would see new big men come into the league, my favorite thing was to try and get ’em. I could have an open 3, and I would slow down my pump-fake to pull in a defender just so I could go get that big. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Edy Tavares. Klay Thompson. It was just so much fun, and I was extremely blessed to have such a good string of health that it allowed me to do it in latter parts in my career. When I dunked on MKG, I just put him in a body bag, and I was 34 years old.
Around the 46-minute mark of a podcast appearance with Bill Simmons, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told a remarkable story about how the Heat offered McGrady his contract nearly 20 years ago (via The Ringer): “They bring him down on a private jet and they bring him to Alonzo Mourning‘s house on the same day. And they have drinks and they hang out and you know Zo was, like, one of the coolest guys in the league. He still is one of the coolest guys in the league. They’re chilling at Zo’s house and all of a sudden, this speedboat pulls up. And Zo says, ‘Hey Tracy, let’s go for a ride.’ They get into the speedboat. They hit go and the speedboat goes 80 miles an hour across Biscayne Bay, zapping by the arena, downtown Miami, beautiful. It pulls in to Pat Riley‘s house down the cove. And Riley’s standing there holding the max contract offer.”
The Heat have repaired Wade’s messy divorce from the franchise in 2016, when he bolted when the Bulls offered more money. “It’s been great, but it’s been great the whole time we were together,” Elisburg said. “It was an incredible, magical time having Dwyane be a part of the Miami Heat. He’s been such a huge part of the history here. He’s the greatest player in the history of the franchise. Obviously, we’ve had lots of incredible players here who have had incredible seasons, including, obviously, LeBron, who won MVPs here. And Shaq [O’Neal]. And Zo [Alonzo Mourning]. “But if you look at the body of work over the period of time which Dwyane stuck with the franchise, I mean, it’s unquestioned he’s the greatest player in the history of the franchise. You’re just talking about just a special person and player. So, like all things when you’re together, you appreciate things and maybe you didn’t realize things until you see them more, and I think we both appreciate each other and the fact that we’re back together again.”
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Storyline: Heat Front Office
The Heat made a strong presentation to free agent Gordon Hayward on Saturday and emerged believing it went very well. Hayward was greeted by five Heat players – Hassan Whiteside, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and free agent James Johnson. He also met with president Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra, Alonzo Mourning and several other coaches and executives.
Storyline: Gordon Hayward Free Agency
Mourning was impressed with how last season’s team turned an 11-30 start into a 30-11 finish, missing the playoffs by one game. And he believes Miami would have been the team facing Golden State in the Finals and not Cleveland if Bosh were healthy. “Obviously if Chris was playing healthy it’s a different story in the Eastern Conference with us,” he said. “We probably go through Cleveland. … Right through them. We probably beat them. We really do. I think we had enough tools to get it done. “Can you image if Chris was healthy. Not just with Hassan (Whiteside). Goran (Dragic), what he did this year. And Dion (Waiters) and then JJ (James Johnson). Oh my God. If you put a healthy Chris Bosh with all of them, that’s scary team against Cleveland.”
Now, 22 years and four make overs later, Mourning, the organization’s vice president, is confident Riley will succeed once again as the Heat officially move on from the Big 3 era. “This is going to be even more special,” Mourning told the Palm Beach Post. “I think this is going to be even more special considering how it all fell apart,” Mourning continued, referencing the departures of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh’s health.
Storyline: Heat Front Office
But Mourning is confident Riley will find the right combination for the Heat to be back near the top of the conference, regardless of the quality of the free agent class. And one reason is what he is witnessing this off season. “There’s enough out there to make it work,” he said. “It’s enough out there to get us back again. Listen, this team and the pieces that we have, the coaching staff, the culture that we have, the mentality of the guys coming here. … unseen before guys coming in this early this summer.
Shane Battier: We went through security, and then we got in cars and vans on the grounds and went over to the naval base where the game was going to be held. And that was probably the most exciting part: We got these Navy SEALS driving us—I think it was Alonzo Mourning and Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul—and they were doing offensive driving with us in the back, ripping through turns. Judging by all the security and the car it took to get there, it was probably the safest place we could have been in the entire world. There’s a code when you’re shooting around with a bunch of guys, getting ready for a game. They talk a little differently, they walk a little differently. Especially at the NBA level. I don’t know how to explain it, but that’s what I was most impressed with about the President. He fit right in. I think that’s maybe one of the most defining attributes of his eight years. He could talk to really any group. He could make you feel like he was one of you.
The Hall of Fame now awaits, with O’Neal being inducted in a class that includes Allen Iverson, Yao Ming and Tom Izzo, among others. O’Neal told The Vertical that he has chosen four Hall of Famers – Isiah Thomas, Julius Erving, Bill Russell and Alonzo Mourning – to present him in Friday’s ceremony. In 19 seasons, O’Neal earned four championships, three Finals MVPs, one league MVP and 15 All-Star honors, and is seventh on the all-time scoring list.
For historical context, Whiteside’s blocked shots average would be the highest in the NBA since Alonzo Mourning averaged 3.91 for the Heat in 1998-99, when a lockout shortened the season to 50 games. Over a full 82-game season, Whiteside’s average would be the highest since Dikembe Mutombo swatted away 4.49 per game in 1995-96. In the 42 seasons since the NBA first started tracking blocks as a statistic, the league leader has averaged at least 4.0 blocks per game on 13 occasions. But all 13 happened over the first 23 seasons (1973-1996). Mark Eaton did it three times, and Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon and Manute Bol achieved it twice apiece.
There was a time when Alonzo Mourning was more adversary than ally for the Heat. That was when he was starting his career with the Charlotte Hornets. Then the center forced his trade to the Heat amid Pat Riley arrival and he become public enemy No. 1 in Charlotte. Now retired and invested in his humanitarian work, Mourning will be honored during a “Buzz City Night” of his own on Feb. 2 when the Heat play in Charlotte. Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield said Mourning, now the Heat’s vice president of player programs, will be cited for his impact on the Charlotte community. Mourning was selected by the Hornets with the No. 2 pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He spent three seasons in Charlotte and remains Charlotte’s all-time leader in blocks (684) and blocks per game (3.2). The Hornets will wear their black “Buzz City” Pride uniforms the night Mourning is honored.
Storyline: Uniforms
Hornets Sports & Entertainment announced today that the team will honor former players Dell Curry and Alonzo Mourning for their achievements during their Hornets careers at special halftime ceremonies on a pair of Buzz City Nights during the 2015-16 season. Dell Curry will be recognized on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when the Hornets take on his son Stephen and the Golden State Warriors, while Alonzo Mourning will be acknowledged on Friday, Feb. 5, when the team hosts the Miami Heat, for whom he currently serves as Vice President of Player Programs. The Hornets this season will begin commemorating the contributions of legendary players, with plans for more players to be honored in the future.
President Barack Obama continued his Martha’s Vineyard vacation on Wednesday with a game of golf with two NBA stars: Miami Heat’s great Alonzo Mourning and free agent Ray Allen. The group played through the course at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard. Completing the foursome was Cyrus Walker, cousin to Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett. Walker had previously joined Obama for a game of golf at Farm Neck on Friday with comedian Larry David and Robert Wolf, former head of UBS Investment Bank.
Soon, Mourning was trading words with Martin and Jefferson, eventually challenging Martin’s leadership and toughness. The power forward countered by mocking the center and saying “my kidney, my kidney” in reference to Mourning’s kidney transplant. “People don’t know it was a back-and-forth thing,” said Martin, who patched things up with Mourning. “I said something more hurtful than he said. Where I am from, if you say something about me, I try to say something worse. I apologized to him, that’s all that needed to be done. It was a heated argument, things got a little out of hand. I was dead wrong, 100 percent.”
Kendall Gill: Me, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning were young upcoming guns in the league. We were feeling ourselves in this game because we were giving it to the Bulls. After this play our Wild oats quickly became shredded wheats! Alonzo had just blocked 2 of the Bulls shots. We started talking smack. I could since MJ getting mad because We were matched up against each other. I didn’t give a crap though because I was young, dumb and didn’t know any better. MJ back doored me out of the triangle offense and put Zo on his collection of posters. Lol. Moral of this story? Callin out the Devil is one thing. Facing him is another! Never tug on Superman’s cape unless you’re absolutely ready! Did you hear me Pacman? @nba @nbatv #illini #illinination #illinibasketball #boxing #basketball #boxingaddict #chicagosports #allamerican #maypac #mayweatherpacquioa #allamerican #athlete #hornets #nba #nbastories
Dan LeBatard and Bomani Jones have been on a quest to get to the bottom of the story and even made some headlines last year when they got Deke to go on record and address the rumor. Mutombo at the time dismissed it as “crap,” but now we’re hearing otherwise. Former longtime NBA center Alonzo Mourning joined “Highly Questionable” and was asked about the “Who wants to sex Mutombo?” line, and the man couldn’t keep from laughing. After a little bit of pressuring, he did concede that Mutombo used to say it and actually used it as a pickup line. Best part of all? He says it worked!
Riley and Anthony Mason had their battles, but there was also much love, which made attending Mason’s funeral last week so difficult. “When one of your players, that you coached very intensely for five years, leaves the planet before you do, it’s like one of your children,” Riley said. “It’s just very hard.” He’s been around long enough to see several other favorites—his Forever Men, from Brian Grant to Magic Johnson to Alonzo Mourning—endure serious health hardships. “When Earvin went down, we thought it was the worst,” Riley said. “When Zo went down, we thought it was the worst. When Chris, you think it’s the worst….So it really affects you.”
Mourning said that if he played today, he’d probably be transformed into a stretch-4 or perimeter shooting power forward. The lack of centers is not surprising to Mourning, now an executive with the Miami Heat. “I wouldn’t say it’s leaving because if another great center comes along, he’ll be the first pick in the draft,” he said. “[Joel] Embiid would have been the first pick in the draft if not for his health. “Basketball is played from the inside out. San Antonio beat us [Miami in the NBA Finals] because they dominated us in the paint. So if you can get somebody in the draft that’s dominating in the paint, they’re going to go first.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
“It hurts me, it does,” Mourning said from the symposium in New Jersey. “I still look at him as part of this NBA fraternity and a brother. And when something happens to one of us, it’s a reflection on all of us, past and present. So there’s a disappointment there from that perspective. “Some people get it sooner than others. When I say, ‘get it,’ I mean the information and support. I can’t tell you the conversations I have with young people on a regular basis, in hopes they get it sooner than later.”
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.)
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.
Gary Payton, the first Heat player to make the Hall of Fame, hopes Alonzo Mourning can join him in Hall next yeaer. “I think there’s a great chance,’’ Payton said in a phone interview Wednesday with FOX Sports Florida. “I think it can happen and I think it should happen. He’s got great stats and he came back from the kidneys and stuff (a kidney disease that derailed Mourning’s career). I think he’ll be there, for sure.’’
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Haslem remembers that conversation so well that he’s about to become the most prolific rebounder in Heat history. Odds are, he’ll have that title sometime Wednesday night, when the reigning NBA champion Heat start a homestand against the Milwaukee Bucks. Haslem will come into that game needing only two rebounds to pass Alonzo Mourning for Miami’s all-time lead in that department — Mourning grabbed 4,807 rebounds in 593 regular-season Heat games, while Haslem is at 4,806 rebounds after 605 games.
A person briefed on details of the decision told The Associated Press that Arison got the word from Heat president Pat Riley, who made Allen the team’s top free-agent priority — especially in recent days. Allen, who will be 37 this month, arrived in Miami on Thursday for a visit, went to dinner with Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra, team executive Alonzo Mourning and others Thursday night, then left Friday to presumably decide his future. Hours later, the choice was made. Allen’s agent, James Tanner, confirmed the decision to The Associated Press not long after Arison’s tweet.
You and your son attended the Miami rally for Trayvon Martin. Why was it important for you to be there? Alonzo Mourning: I have a 15-year-old son. He is 6-8 and a half and he wears a size 16 shoe. If you saw him from a distance, he looks like a grown man. And he loves wearing hoodies. I can’t tell you how many hoodie sweatshirts he has in his closet. So when I saw the situation evolve with the Martin family, I thought about my son. It could have been him. And I’m very blessed to have the lifestyle I have and creating a great atmosphere for my family. But when you think about that situation and the injustice. You think about an innocent young man on his way home who posed no threat to anyone—it’s an unfortunate loss. But at the same time, this was an opportunity for individuals to voice their opinion about violence around the country. Not just with young black men—I’m talking about all different races. Teenage violence, violence in the schools, things of that nature. It’s important for us to continue to magnify the importance of brining attention to stopping situations like that from evolving. I’m a strong believer that in order to see change, you have to become that change you want to see. That’s something that I want changed in my community. I’m sure I speak for millions of parents out there: they want to see that change in their community. We’re tired of seeing young people die to the hands of violence. Not enough is being done about it. This gave me an opportunity and a platform to speak my mind in support of this particular initiative. Because I feel like it is very important for us to stop this ongoing trend of violence in the lives of our young people across the country.
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But some didn’t even consider that Haslem’s top highlight Thursday. His seven rebounds gave him 4,549 for his nine-year career, all with the Heat, and moved him into second place on the franchise’s all-time list. He passed Rony Seikaly (4,544) but still trails Alonzo Mourning (4,807). “(Haslem) eventually will be the mayor of this town,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game about the Miami native and team captain who is quite popular among fans and teammates because of his relentless play. It sounded like a joke, but it wasn’t. Haslem said he really is thinking of running one day for mayor. “I plan on it. I hope so,” said Haslem, who said his platform would be to help disadvantaged youth in the city.
The venue for the game has not been finalized, but a number of former and current NBA players already have committed to participate. They include: Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Ray Allen and Chris Bosh. Sources also said Baron Davis, Vince Carter, Alonzo Mourning. Jamal Crawford, Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Amare Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Derek Fisher, Antawn Jamison, Juwan Howard, Quentin Richardson, Dahntay Jones, Brandon Knight, Jerry Stackhouse, John Wall, Dikembe Mutombo, Patrick Ewing and Doc Rivers are expected to play. Veteran WNBA star and all-time leading scorer Tina Thompson and former USC great Cheryl Miller also is expected to participate.
Retired Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning and his wife, Tracy, have put their Coral Gables, Fla., estate on the market for $14.5 million. Located in a gated community called Coral Gable Estates, the home, built in 2004, is on ¾ of an acre of waterfront on the bay, on a cul-de-sac. The 13,000-square-foot house overlooks the water and has eight bedrooms and 8½ bathrooms. There’s also a library, a gym and a four-car garage. Outside there’s a kitchen and dining area and an infinity pool.
Patrick Ewing can’t believe how much South Africa has changed in the 17 years since he last visited the country. On Friday afternoon, the Orlando Magic assistant coach sat in the back of a bus with Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo as they traveled from the township of Orange Farm into Johannesburg. As Ewing glanced out a window, he described what he was seeing. “The last time we were here, apartheid had just ended,” Ewing said by cell phone. “There’s been so many new structures put up. The country’s definitely grown. . . . Especially in the big cities, there’s big buildings and the hustle-and-bustle of people. There’s traffic, cars, markets and shops.”
Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo once were fierce rivals on the basketball court. They recorded a combined 64 seasons in the NBA, totaling 66,514 points and earning 27 All-Star appearances, wearing a variety of uniforms but never playing on the same team. With their competitive days behind them, though, the talented foursome have united to become ambassadors for the game that helped make their names. Joined by ex- professional players Bo Outlaw and Dee Brown, the former NBA greats are scheduled to spend four days in Johannesburg, South Africa, participating in the league’s Basketball Without Borders program.