Alonzo Mourning officially inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

07 Apr

Alonzo Mourning

The former Miami Heat star was officially inducted Monday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

The seven-time NBA all-star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year is the all-time leader in blocked shots for Miami with 1,625.In his 16 NBA seasons, Mourning accounted for 2,356 blocks.

The 6-foot-10-inch center had two stints with the Heat, first from 1995 to 2002 and again from 2005 to 2008.

Mourning initially came to Miami in 1995 as part of a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, who selected him second overall out of Georgetown in the 1992 NBA Draft.

After less than two seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Mourning re-signed with the Heat in 2005 as a backup to Shaquille O’Neal. Mourning was a member of the Heat’s first world championship team in 2006.

He retired with the team in 2009 and his No. 33 jersey was retired that same year, joining Tim Hardaway as the only other Heat player to have his jersey retired.

Mourning becomes the first Heat player to earn Hall of Fame recognition.

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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized



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