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MIAMI HEAT VS CHICAGO BULLS
Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning, left, drives on Chicago Bulls' Ben Wallace (3) during the first quarter in Chicago on Wednesday, December 27, 2006. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. (born February 8, 1970) is a former American professional basketball player, who played most of his 16-year NBA career for the Miami Heat.

Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at center. His tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. He made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and later won his first NBA Championship with the Heat. He has also played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. On March 30, 2009, Mourning became the first Miami Heat player to have his number retired.

During his time at Indian River High School in Chesapeake he led the team to 51 straight victories and a state title his junior year (1987). As a senior he averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds and 12 blocked shots a game. He was named Player of the Year by USA Today, Parade, Gatorade, and Naismith. Mourning played college basketball for the Georgetown University Hoyas. He led the nation in blocked shots his freshman year and was an All American his last year there.

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