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So long, 'Zo

Posted on: January 22, 2009 2:49 pm

What a ride, indeed.

Alonzo Mourning went out Thursday with the same class he carried through his 15-year NBA career.

You can't say enough about the courage Mourning displayed in returning to the league after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2003. Thousands of those affected by kidney disease were, and still are inspired by him. If Mourning's off-the-court record is any indication, he'll continue to find ways to inspire for years to come.

The final blow came in the form of ruptured quadriceps and patellar tendons in 2007. Despite the fact that surgeons warned Mourning he may never walk again, he held out hope of returning to the court. The Miami Heat even kept a locker waiting for him.

It wasn't meant to be. At 38, Mourning walks away. He has 1) nothing to be ashamed of, and 2) nothing left. He left it all on the floor. 

Is he a Hall of Famer? Maybe, maybe not. Mourning finishes his career 10th in NBA history with 2,356 blocked shots and 77th with 7,137 rebounds. He was a seven-time All-Star, two-time defensive player of the year, and all-time great for reasons that go way beyond putting the ball in the basket.

Good luck, Zo. You'll be missed. Whenever I watch someone drive unimpeded to the basket for an uncontested layup -- which only happens about 500 times a week -- I'll think of No. 33


Category: NBA

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 11:49 pm

So long, 'Zo

First of all, athletes have and will continue to dictate what teams they play for when under contract.  You see it with no-trade clauses and with great players near the end of the careers who want to play for contenders because they never won a ring.  Does Ray Bourque ring a bell?  Are you telling me you've never seen a star player demand a trade because they were unhappy on a losing team? Second, Toronto did give up on him:

"Since the trade, we have taken the time to fully understand Alonzo’s medical situation. Our doctors have thoroughly reviewed his records and consulted with other independent specialists and have determined that Alonzo does not meet our medical conditions to play for our basketball team,” said Raptors General Manager Rob Babcock. “While we realize it may be possible for him to play in limited circumstances, we’ve been able to confirm our expectations that because of his medical issues he would not be able to fit into our long-term strategy of building something sustainable."

And the reason Toronto traded Vince in the first place?  He demanded a trade out of Toronto when it became apparent they weren't going to win, which is what Zo did after the Nets traded Kenyon Martin

An over-priveliged child off the court?  Are you kidding me?  How in the hell was he privileged to contract a life-threatening kidney disease?  How is all the charitable work he's done child-like?  Think before you post, or better yet just don't say anything at all because you just end up showing how blissfully ignorant and profoundly stupid you are.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 12:09 pm

So long, 'Zo

I don't think anyone here is denying the great career Alonzo had, but I don't think any athlete should be able to dictate what team they play for when they are under contract, isn't that the point of a "contract"? Toronto never gave up on him, why would they trade their franchise player for two bench players and two draft picks? While on the court he was a great man, off the court he was a over-privileged child. 

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2009 9:20 am

So long, 'Zo

Was it classy the way he handled the whole Nets situation?

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2009 7:31 am

So long, 'Zo

Alonzo Mourning was a beast when he was in his prime. 1 word to describe him: Intensity. He played hard and always wanted to win. His intensity reminds me a lot of Kevin Garnett's. I'm happy he got his ring. He put in years of hard work, and in the end, he celebrated the spoils of being an NBA Champion. Is he a Hall-of-Famer? I believe he is, but we'll have to wait and see about that.

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 5:10 am

So long, 'Zo

He had a great career that's for sure.  He won his ring, and had a lot of good statistics, and some classic playoff moments.  Thanks Zo, you were cool to watch.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 1:31 am

So long, 'Zo

AS a Big East and Knicks fan, I can say that Alonzo was always a stand up dude.  Even in the playoffs with Van Gundy hanging onto his leg during the playoff fight, he still handled himself with class...

I had the pleasure of meeting him one night at a sports bar in NYC.  It was the night the players strike was resolved a few years ago.  He, along with the Gergetown Posse (Ewing & Motumbo) were celebrating going back to work that night and buying drinks for the whole bar.  They were personable, funny and stand-up guys.

I offer him congratulations and success in all his future endeavors.  He was a warrior, and his battles with the Knicks were great theatre...

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 11:48 pm


what the hells the matter with you mourning bashers...christ...

the guy lost a kidney and made a comeback. one of the greatest shot blocking/altering players that ever played the decisions regarding contracts don`t take away from the facts...

lots of players have declined or refused in lots of scenarios....the guy just retired for crying out loud. respect him and move on with your life...

zo, you were a force to be reckoned with....from this celtics fan i applaud you...

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2009 9:59 pm

So long, 'Zo

classless douche

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 8:42 pm
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Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 5:50 pm

So long, 'Zo

If being a little selfish and wanting a ring after giving so much back to those less fortunate in addition to recovering from a life-threatening illness to play again is the worst thing he's done then yes, he has nothing to be ashamed of.

Good God, if you're going to criticize people at least criticize those who deserve it.

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