Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. (born February 8, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career for the Miami Heat.

Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at center. Following his college basketball career at Georgetown University, his tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. Mourning made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and later won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Heat. Mourning 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.[1] Since June 26, 2009, Mourning has served as Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat. In 2010, Mourning was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. On August 8, 2014, Mourning was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]

Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
Mourning with the Heat in 2007
Miami Heat
PositionScout
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornFebruary 8, 1970 (age 49)
Chesapeake, Virginia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolIndian River
(Chesapeake, Virginia)
CollegeGeorgetown (1988–1992)
NBA draft1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career1992–2008
PositionCenter / Power forward
Number33
Career history
19921995Charlotte Hornets
19952002Miami Heat
20032004New Jersey Nets
20052008Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points14,311 (17.1 ppg)
Rebounds7,137 (8.5 rpg)
Blocks2,356 (2.8 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

Early life

During his time at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, 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. He was the #1 recruit of the 1988 class, over Billy Owens, Kenny Williams, Shawn Kemp, Stanley Roberts, Christian Laettner, Rick Fox, and Malik Sealy, among others.

College career

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.

Professional career

Charlotte Hornets

Mourning was selected second overall in the 1992 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, behind Shaquille O'Neal.[3] Mourning was named to the league's all-rookie team in 1993 after averaging 21.0 pts, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.47 blocks. He finished second to Shaquille O'Neal in rookie of the year voting.[4] He posted the highest scoring average of any rookie in Hornets history. Mourning and O'Neal were the first NBA rookies since David Robinson in 1989–90 to average 20 or more points and 10-plus rebounds in their first seasons. Mourning shattered Charlotte's blocked-shots records, becoming the Hornets' all-time career leader in the 49th game of the season. The greatest moment of Mourning's rookie season came on May 5, 1993 in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. His 20-footer with 4 tenths left gave the Hornets a 104–103 victory in the game and a three-games-to-one victory in the series. The Hornets lost in the second round to the New York Knicks in 5 games, with Mourning averaging 23.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 9 playoff games. The following year, Mourning played in just 60 games, posting almost similar averages of 21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game, but the Hornets missed the playoffs.

In the 1994–95 season, Mourning and teammate Larry Johnson led the Hornets to a 50-win season and reached the playoffs. Mourning ranked first on the team in scoring (21.3 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg), blocked shots (2.92 per game), and field goal percentage (.519), and played in the 1995 NBA All-Star Game where he scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Hornets lost in 4 games to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, despite Mourning posting 22 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks for the series.

Miami Heat

On November 3, 1995, after Mourning rejected Charlotte's contract extension offer worth an average of $11.2 million for seven years and knowing they would not be able to re-sign him, the Hornets traded him, along with reserves Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis in exchange for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves and a first-round pick in the 1996 NBA draft.[5]

Mourning would immediately serve as the centerpiece of the Pat Riley-coached Heat, and in his first season in Miami he averaged 23.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game as Miami made the playoffs before being swept in the first round by the 72 win Chicago Bulls. Mourning played in the 1996 NBA All-Star Game and was joined by all-star point guard Tim Hardaway who arrived through a midseason trade.

In the summer of 1996 Mourning would go on to sign a 7-year $105 million contract with the Heat. In the 1996-97 season, the Heat would win a then franchise record 61 games, second in the Eastern Conference to the defending champion Bulls, and Mourning averaged 19.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. In the playoffs, Miami defeated the Orlando Magic in five games, and advanced to the conference semifinals against the New York Knicks, where the rivalry between the Heat and the New York Knicks intensified. The Knicks took a 3–1 series lead, but following a brawl between Charlie Ward and P. J. Brown late in Game 5, multiple suspensions were handed down. Mourning scored 28 points in Game 6, followed by a 22-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 7 to help Miami advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, a franchise first, to face Chicago. The Bulls took a 3–0 series lead, and Mourning guaranteed a victory in Game 4.[6] The Heat won 87–80, but they lost Game 5 100–87.

The next season, Mourning posted almost similar averages of 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks but only played in 58 games, and Miami was eliminated in the first round by the Knicks, a series in which Mourning was suspended for the 5th and deciding game due to an on-court fight with ex-teammate Larry Johnson, with Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy hanging onto Mourning's leg in an attempt to break it up.

In the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, Mourning averaged 20.1 points, a career high 11 rebounds and a career high 3.9 blocks per game as Miami won another Atlantic Division title and the top seed in the playoffs. Mourning won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, was named All-NBA First Team and finished second to Karl Malone in the NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting. Despite being the top seed, the Heat lost to the eighth-seeded Knicks in five games, off a last-second shot by Allan Houston in Miami.

The following season, Mourning averaged 21.7 points a game, 9.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks a game, and won his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award. Miami swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs, with Mourning dominating the Pistons. The Heat faced New York, the fourth straight year that the two teams met in the postseason, and took a 3–2 series lead, but New York won the series in seven games. In the summer, Mourning and Hardaway won a gold medal with the United States at the Olympics in Sydney.

During the off-season, Miami underwent an overhaul and expectations leading up to the season were high. Prior the start of the 2000–01 season, however, Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a kidney condition, that caused him to miss the first five months of the season. He returned to play on March 27, and played a total of 13 games as Miami made the postseason but were swept in the first round by the Charlotte Hornets.

The following year, Mourning played in 75 games despite his kidney disease, and was selected to play in the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, where he scored 13 points off the bench. He averaged 15.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game, but the Heat missed the playoffs. As his condition worsened, Mourning did not play during the entire 2002–03 season and his expiring contract was not renewed by the Heat.

New Jersey Nets

Mourning signed a four-year deal with the New Jersey Nets in 2003 as a free agent. But on November 25, 2003, Mourning retired from the NBA due to complications from his kidney disease. On December 19 of that year he underwent a successful kidney transplant. In 2004, he started practicing with the Nets again, and made the team's regular season roster during the 2004–05 season. He did not play a significant role with the Nets, however, and openly complained to the media that he wanted out of New Jersey, especially after the team traded away Kenyon Martin.[7] Mourning was traded to the Toronto Raptors on December 17, 2004. Mourning never reported to the Raptors, and was bought out of his contract at a remaining 9 million dollars on February 11, 2005. Raptors team officials later said that he did not meet the medical conditions to play for the team.[8][9] Mourning then finished the season with the Miami Heat being paid a second salary, the veteran's minimum.[10]

Return to Miami

After being unhappy at the prospect of playing for a losing franchise, Mourning re-signed with the Heat on March 1, 2005. His role was reduced as a backup because of superstar Shaquille O'Neal, although he was called upon as a starter due to O'Neal missing stretches due to injury. O'Neal and Mourning even played together on the court at times, with Mourning playing power forward. Because of physical limitations, his minutes were reduced, but was still a steady contributor. Mourning's tenacious defense, steady offense, and all around hustle helped the Heat gain and maintain the second-best record in the NBA's Eastern conference during the 2004–05 season. Mourning finished the regular season ranking third in blocked shots at 2.66 per game, despite only playing 20 minutes per contest. Miami swept the Nets in the first round of the playoffs, with Mourning scoring 21 points with 9 rebounds in just 16 minutes in game 2. In the second round against the Washington Wizards, Mourning stepped in for the injured O'Neal and scored 14 points with 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in game 3 as Miami completed another four-game sweep. Miami fell in seven games to the defending champion Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, with Mourning leading the team in blocks with 3 per game for the series.

Mourning re-signed with Miami, as the Heat once again re-hauled their roster, acquiring other veterans seeking a title such as Antoine Walker and Gary Payton. Mourning continued to serve as the Heat's backup center, and early on stepped in to serve as the team's starting center after O'Neal suffered an injury. Mourning started in 20 games out of a total of 65 games played, averaging 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while finishing third in the league with 2.7 blocks a game despite playing as a reserve. In the playoffs, Mourning continued to shine in his role as a defensive player off the bench, as Miami advanced past the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey before defeating Detroit in 6 games to advance to the 2006 NBA Finals, the first NBA Finals in franchise history and the first for Mourning. After a 2-0 deficit, Miami won all three of its home games led by the spectacular play of Dwyane Wade, and in game 6 in Dallas Mourning came off the bench to score 8 points with 6 rebounds and a team high 5 blocks to help Miami win its first NBA Championship in franchise history.

After winning the championship, Mourning announced that he would return to the Heat in 2006–07 to defend their title, despite receiving offers of more money from other teams, including the San Antonio Spurs. In 2007, Mourning announced he would return for one more year with the Heat and his 15th season. "It will definitely be my last year", Mourning said. After starting the season on a solid note averaging 6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.75 blocks in just over 16 minutes played per 24 games,[11] Mourning tore his patellar tendon in his right knee[12] on December 19, 2007, during the first quarter of a loss in Atlanta.[13][14]

Mourning has averaged the most blocks in the NBA per 48 minutes with 5.46.

During the 2007–08 season, he became the Heat's all-time leader in points scored (which has since been surpassed by Dwyane Wade).

Retirement

Mourning announced his retirement from the NBA on January 22, 2009. In his press conference he said, "I'm 38 years old and I feel like I have physically done all I can for this game." One month later, the Heat announced that they would retire Mourning's number 33 jersey, making him the first Heat player to be so honored.[15] The jersey retirement ceremony occurred on March 30, 2009, when the Heat hosted the Orlando Magic. During the extended halftime ceremony, Mourning was introduced by Florida Governor Charlie Crist; former Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson; Basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing; Heat players Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem; and Heat head coach Pat Riley.

In May 2009, he was named to the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, which honors athletes, coaches and administrators who contributed to sports in southeastern Virginia. In the following April, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding high school, collegiate, and professional career as well as his commitment to volunteer service in the communities in which he has lived and worked throughout his life.[16]

Mourning announced his return to the Heat in late June 2009; he holds the position of Vice President of Player Programs and Development, which covers community outreach and mentoring young players.[17] In July 2014, the NBA announced that Mourning would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 8.

Awards and achievements

  • NBA champion: 2006 (as a player), 2012, 2013 (as vice president of player programs)
  • All-NBA First Team: 1999
  • All-NBA Second Team: 2000
  • 2-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 1999, 2000
  • 2-time NBA All-Defensive First Team: 1999, 2000
  • 7-time NBA All-Star: 1994–97, 2000–02
  • Heat franchise second leading scorer with 9,459 points
  • Led NBA in blocked shots: 3.91 bpg in 1999
  • NBA All-Rookie 1st Team in 1993
  • Won bronze at the 1990 FIBA World Championship with the US national team[18]
  • Won gold at the 1994 FIBA World Championship[19] and the 2000 Olympic Games with the US national team

Kidney transplant

On November 25, 2003, Mourning's cousin and a retired U. S. Marine, Jason Cooper, was visiting Mourning's gravely ill grandmother in the hospital. Mourning's father was present and informed Cooper that Mourning was retiring that day from the NBA because of a life-threatening kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, the same problem that Sean Elliott had in 1999. Cooper asked if there was anything he could do, and began to contemplate donating one of his kidneys to his estranged cousin, whom he had not seen in 25 years and whom he only knew through basketball. Cooper was tested for compatibility, along with many other family members and friends (including fellow NBA center and good friend Patrick Ewing); during his grandmother's funeral, Mourning received the news that Jason Cooper was a match.

Mourning received Cooper's left kidney on December 19, 2003.[20]

Charitable work

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Alonzo Mourning with former U.S. President Bill Clinton during Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Service at Carrfour Supportive Housing community for formerly homeless families in Miami, Florida., April 2010

In 1997, Mourning established Alonzo Mourning Charities Inc. to aid in the development of children and families living in at-risk situations and provides support and services that enhance the lives of youth of promise.

After being diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), Mourning launched Zo's Fund for Life, a campaign which seeks to raise funds for research, education, and testing to fight focal glomerulosclerosis. Funds are allocated toward research for a cure, education for doctors and the general public, testing for early detection and a fund for those not able to afford medication.

In 2007, Mourning along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, and Cal Ripken Jr. founded Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization, which helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspires millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support the community.[21]

In 2003, he also founded the Overtown Youth Center for underprivileged kids, located in Miami, Florida. The program aims to inspire, empower, and enrich these children while teaching them to become positive contributing citizens.

In 2009, the Miami-Dade school board named a new high school in North Miami, Florida in his honor, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus.

Personal life

Mourning and his wife Tracy have three children: a son named Alonzo III ("Trey"), a daughter named Myka Sydney, and a second son named Alijah (born September 18, 2009).[22] Like his father, Trey is a member of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team where he starts at power forward and wears his father's signature number 33 jersey. They reside in Pinecrest, Florida, where Mourning purchased a two-story, 9,786-square-foot residence for $4.5 million in 2012.[23]

In July 2011, Mourning was sued by Miami-based lawyer Spencer Aronfeld on behalf of Alberto Candoleria for crashing his car into another car and then leaving the scene of the accident. The Florida Highway Patrol later charged Mourning with leaving the scene of a car accident. The accident allegedly occurred after he left Chris Bosh's wedding in Miami Beach after 3:00 A.M. Candoleria had just been in an accident when Mourning struck his car. He did not know if he was in his car when Mourning hit him as he claimed to have amnesia.[24][25][26]

In 2015, Mourning was one of eight Virginians honored in the Library of Virginia's "Strong Men & Women in Virginia History" for his charitable work and for his contributions to the sport of basketball.[20]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Mourning won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1992–93 Charlotte 78 78 33.9 .511 .000 .781 10.3 1.0 .3 3.5 21.0
1993–94 Charlotte 60 59 33.6 .505 .000 .762 10.2 1.4 .5 3.1 21.5
1994–95 Charlotte 77 77 38.2 .519 .324 .761 9.9 1.4 .6 2.9 21.3
1995–96 Miami 70 70 38.2 .523 .300 .685 10.4 2.3 1.0 2.7 23.2
1996–97 Miami 66 65 35.2 .534 .111 .642 9.9 1.6 .8 2.9 19.8
1997–98 Miami 58 56 33.4 .551 .000 .665 9.6 .9 .7 2.2 19.2
1998–99 Miami 46 46 38.1 .511 .000 .652 11.0 1.6 .7 3.9* 20.1
1999–00 Miami 79 78 34.8 .551 .000 .711 9.5 1.6 .5 3.7* 21.7
2000–01 Miami 13 3 23.5 .518 .000 .564 7.8 .9 .3 2.4 13.6
2001–02 Miami 75 74 32.7 .516 .333 .657 8.4 1.2 .4 2.5 15.7
2003–04 New Jersey 12 0 17.9 .465 .000 .882 2.3 .7 .2 .5 8.0
2004–05 New Jersey 18 14 25.4 .453 .000 .593 7.1 .8 .3 2.3 10.4
2004–05 Miami 19 3 12.9 .516 .000 .564 3.7 .2 .2 1.7 5.0
2005–06 Miami 65 20 20.0 .597 .000 .594 5.5 .2 .2 2.7 7.8
2006–07 Miami 77 43 20.4 .560 .000 .601 4.5 .2 .2 2.3 8.6
2007–08 Miami 25 0 15.6 .547 .000 .592 3.7 .3 .2 1.7 6.0
Career 838 686 31.0 .527 .247 .692 8.5 1.1 .5 2.8 17.1
All-Star 4 1 18.8 .545 .000 .667 4.8 1.0 .8 2.0 10.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1993 Charlotte 9 9 40.8 .480 .000 .774 9.9 1.4 .7 3.4 23.8
1995 Charlotte 4 4 43.5 .421 .500 .837 13.3 2.8 .8 3.3* 22.0
1996 Miami 3 3 30.7 .486 .000 .714 6.0 1.3 .7 1.0 18.0
1997 Miami 17 17 37.1 .491 .375 .555 10.2 1.1 .6 2.7* 17.8
1998 Miami 4 4 34.5 .518 .000 .655 8.5 1.3 .8 2.5 19.3
1999 Miami 5 5 38.8 .521 .000 .653 8.2 .8 1.6 2.8 21.6
2000 Miami 10 10 37.6 .484 .000 .667 10.0 1.4 .2 3.3* 21.6
2001 Miami 3 3 30.3 .480 .000 .579 5.3 1.0 .0 1.7 11.7
2005 Miami 15 2 16.9 .705 .000 .558 4.8 .3 .3 2.2 6.1
2006 Miami 21 0 10.8 .703 .000 .667 2.9 .1 .2 1.1 3.8
2007 Miami 4 0 13.8 .909 .000 .385 2.0 .3 .0 .8 6.3
Career 95 57 27.3 .512 .368 .649 7.0 .9 .5 2.3 13.6

See also

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External links

1990 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 1990 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1992 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1992 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, from March 12 to March 15, 1992. Its winner received the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1992 NCAA Tournament. It is a single-elimination tournament with four rounds. With the addition of Miami to the conference, 1992 was the first time the tournament included ten teams. Seton Hall, Georgetown and St. John's all finished with the best regular season conference record. Through tiebreakers, Seton Hall was awarded the #1 seed.

Syracuse defeated Georgetown in the championship game 56–54, to claim its third Big East Tournament championship.

1992 NBA draft

The 1992 NBA draft took place on June 24, 1992, in Portland, Oregon. At the time, the draft was considered to be one of the deepest drafts in NBA history. The top three picks (Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Christian Laettner) were considered can't-miss prospects. O'Neal and Mourning are Hall of Famers. Laettner made one All-Star game in his career and was an Olympic Gold Medalist on the 1992 Dream Team, but did not live up to the lofty expectations set for him. All three would end up playing together on the 2005 Miami Heat. Two other players went on to become All-Stars (Tom Gugliotta once, Latrell Sprewell four times) and several others had solid careers (Jimmy Jackson, Robert Horry, Doug Christie, P.J. Brown, LaPhonso Ellis, Jon Barry, Walt Williams, Anthony Peeler, and Clarence Weatherspoon). Harold Miner, who was given the nickname "Baby Jordan" because of his similarities to Michael Jordan, slipped to number 12 and, other than winning two slam dunk contests, only had a brief, uneventful, and injury prone four-year career.

1992 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 1992 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1992–93 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1992–93 NBA season was the fifth season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. In the 1992 NBA draft, the Hornets selected center Alonzo Mourning out of Georgetown with the second overall pick. With the addition of Mourning, along with second-year star Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues, the Hornets struggled around .500 for most of the season, but won 9 of their final 12 games finishing their season third in the Central Division with a 44–38 record, and qualified for their first ever playoff appearance. The team became the first of the four expansion franchises of the late 1980s to win a playoff series, when Mourning sunk a 20-foot (6.1 m) jumper at the buzzer in Game 4 of the first round playoff series against the 4th-seeded Boston Celtics. However, in the semifinals, the Hornets were eliminated by the New York Knicks in five games.

The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the fourth time in five seasons. Johnson averaged 22.1 points, 10.5 rebounds per game and was selected for the 1993 NBA All-Star Game. Mourning was named to the All-Rookie First Team averaging 21.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Following the season, Kendall Gill was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics.

1994 NBA All-Star Game

The 1994 NBA All-Star Game was the 44th edition of the All-Star Game. The event was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The East All-Stars won the game with the score of 127–118. Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls was voted MVP of the game.

It was broadcast by NBC for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game in a fourth consecutive year.

1994–95 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1994–95 NBA season was the 7th season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets signed unrestricted free agent Robert Parish, who won championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s. After falling one game short of the playoffs the previous season, the Hornets enjoyed their first 50-win season as they finished second in the Central Division with a solid 50–32 record, and qualified for their second playoff appearance. Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson were both selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, they faced the 5th-seeded Chicago Bulls, but were eliminated three games to one in the best-of-five series, losing by just one point in an 85–84 loss in Game 4. The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Despite the stellar season, Johnson and Mourning had trouble getting along as teammates. Following the season, Mourning was traded to the Miami Heat after three seasons with the franchise, Hersey Hawkins was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, and Kenny Gattison left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

For the season, the Hornets added navy/purple alternate road uniforms which lasted until 1997.

1997 NBA All-Star Game

The 1997 NBA All-Star Game was the 47th edition of the All-Star Game and commemorated the 50th anniversary of NBA. The game was played on February 9, 1997, at Gund Arena (now known as Quicken Loans Arena) in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The winner of the MVP award was Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets who played 25 minutes and scored 26 points while breaking two records in the process, 20 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the second half. Rice's 20 points in the period broke Hal Greer's record (19), set in 1968. Rice's 24 points in a half surpassed the previous mark of 23, owned by Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Chambers. Michael Jordan's 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists were the first and, until the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, the only triple-double in NBA All-Star Game history (LeBron James (2011), Dwyane Wade (2012), and Kevin Durant (2017) have also achieved this). Five players (Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Shaquille O'Neal) who were voted or selected for the team opted out due to injury, opening the doors for the annually neglected and the new stars—Joe Dumars, Detlef Schrempf, Chris Webber, Chris Gatling and 20-year-old second-year man Kevin Garnett took their spots.

For this NBA All-Star Game, and the next four games that were played (1998, 2000–02), no special uniforms were issued, and the players simply wore the uniforms from their respective teams, an approach that is used by Major League Baseball for its All-Star Game.

The halftime show featured a ceremony honoring the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Of the 50 players named, three were not present: Pete Maravich (who died in 1988), Shaquille O'Neal (who was recovering from a knee injury), and Jerry West (who was having surgery for an ear infection).

1999–2000 NBA season

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship, beating the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2 in the 2000 NBA Finals.

2005–06 Miami Heat season

The 2005–06 Miami Heat season was the 18th National Basketball Association season for the Miami Heat basketball franchise. During the offseason, the Heat acquired Jason Williams and James Posey from the Memphis Grizzlies, and All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics, while signing free agent All-Star point guard Gary Payton. Early into the season, after a 15-12 start to the year, head coach Stan Van Gundy resigned, citing the desire to spend more time with his family, and Pat Riley resume coaching the Heat. The Heat went 39-23 the rest of the way, finishing with a 52-30 record, good enough for first place in the Southeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference overall. Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal were both selected for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls in six games, and the New Jersey Nets in five games in the semifinals to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons in a rematch of last year's playoffs. After splitting the first two games of the series, the Heat defeated the Pistons in six games to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they faced the Dallas Mavericks. After losing the first two games of the series, the Heat recovered to win the next four games and the first ever championship in franchise history. The team was nicknamed "15 Strong".

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High Biscayne Bay Campus

Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High Biscayne Bay Campus is a secondary school in North Miami, Florida, United States which opened August 2009, located two blocks north of Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus. It is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. It was built to relieve overcrowding at nearby Dr. Michael M Krop and North Miami Beach high school. The school is named after Alonzo Mourning, former player for the Miami Heat basketball team, and his wife Tracy.

The school serves all or portions of the cities of North Miami, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, and Golden Beach.

Charlotte Hornets accomplishments and records

This is a list of the accomplishments and records of the current Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets, known from their creation in 2004 until May 2014 as the Charlotte Bobcats, are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The current Hornets are the second NBA team to have played under that name. The original Hornets played in Charlotte from 1988 until moving to New Orleans in 2002; since 2013, they have been known as the New Orleans Pelicans.

Highest-paid NBA players by season

The highest-paid NBA players by season has recently eclipsed $40 million. Larry Bird was the first player to earn $5 million or more with a salary of $7,070,000 in the 1991-92 season. Magic Johnson became the first player to earn $10 million or more in the 94-95 season with a salary of $14,660,000. Patrick Ewing became the first player to earn $15 million or more in the 95-96 season with a salary of $18,724,000. Michael Jordan was the first NBA player to sign a contract worth over twenty million and in fact it succeeded thirty million dollars as well in a season, this was a record he had held for 15 years. During the 1997–98 season, Jordan earned $33,140,000, which still stands as the most any NBA player has earned on a 1 year contract, Jordan also holds the record for the second largest 1 year contract at $30,140,000 in the 1996-97 season. Kobe Bryant become just the second player to reach this milestone when the 2013–14 season began. LeBron James became the third in the 2016–17 season. Stephen Curry became the first player to eclipse $40-Million per year when he signed a record 5-year contract worth $201-Million in 2017, starting with $34,682,550 in the 2017-18 season and ending with the largest earnings in the 2021-22 season with a record payout of $45,780,966.

Beginning in the 1984–85 NBA season, the NBA's first salary cap was introduced. The NBA salary cap is the maximum dollar amount each NBA team can spend on its players for the season. However, the NBA uses a "soft" salary cap, which means that significant "salary exceptions" allow NBA teams to exceed their allotted amount in order to sign players. The salary cap is determined during the offseason, but as stated earlier, it is liable to change.An exception is necessary to sign a player for a contract that would exceed the salary cap threshold of the "soft cap". The Larry Bird exception, more commonly known as Bird Rights, allows teams to re-sign a current player only if he has played for that particular team for a minimum of three years. Another exception known as the mid-level exception allows for teams that are over the salary cap to sign one or more players as long as they do not exceed the total amount of the average NBA salary. Next, the bi-annual exception can be used by teams every other year to sign a free agent(s) for up to two years at an amount set by the NBA. Finally, the rookie player exception allows any NBA team to sign their first-round draft pick to a contract based upon a scale previously set forth by the NBA. Another option for teams would be to assign players to a league-assigned minimum salary contract for a maximum of two years.

According to 2010–11 NBA season game performance, the league's best players were not its highest-paid players. Each year there are ten players selected to one of the two All-NBA Teams. Out of those ten players chosen that year, Kobe Bryant was the only player that was also among the game's ten highest-paid during the 2010–11 NBA season.

Kenny Williams (basketball)

Not to be confused with Kenny Williams (basketball, born 1996), a former college player for North Carolina.

Not to be confused with Ken Williams (basketball), a former college player for North Texas.Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Williams (born June 9, 1969) is an American former professional basketball player, most notably with the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers. He was known for his stellar leaping ability and off-court problems.

Williams, a 6'9" forward, was a prep sensation at Elizabeth City (N.C) Northeastern High School. His sophomore year, he averaged over 20 points and 12 rebounds a game.He played in the Hampton Roads Basketball Classic in Norfolk, scoring 42 points, and winning the MVP award over the likes of Alonzo Mourning, JR Reid, and Dennis Scott. He was named first team AP All-State. Prior to his junior year, he transferred to Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, where he averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds for a 29-0 team. In his senior year, he averaged 31 points per game and 12 rebounds a game, and was named state player of the year for North Carolina in 1988. Williams was named first-team USA Today (over such players as Shawn Kemp and Stanley Roberts) and first-team Parade All-American. Williams was selected to play in the McDonald's Game and the Capital Classic, though he only played in the Classic, scoring eight points. In addition, he played two scrimmages against Mourning, and more than held his own, scoring 41 points in the first scrimmage and outrebounding Alonzo in both scrimmages.

Williams was one of the top four players in the class of 1988, along with Alonzo Mourning, Billy Owens and Kemp. He was heavily recruited by the University of North Carolina, but was not offered a scholarship because of his failure to meet the minimum academic standards. His commitment with UNC scared off some top recruits, among them Billy Owens. He instead enrolled at Barton County Community College in Barton County, Kansas (20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game).

In 1989-90, Williams attended Elizabeth City State University, where he did not play basketball. He was subsequently selected in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers (46th overall pick).

Williams played four seasons for the Pacers, from 1990–1994 and had a career high 6.3 points per game while playing in 68 games in 1993-94. He scored a career high 25 points in a Pacers win against the Miami Heat on February 9, 1994. For his career he averaged 4.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 260 total games. He was also a contestant in the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest but failed to advance into the second round.Following his NBA career, Williams went to Europe and played in several countries, mainly in Israel: ASVEL Villeurbanne (1995–96), Forli (1996–97), Hapoel Jerusalem (1997-2000, 2001, being runner-up twice in the national cup and once in the league), Troy Pilsener Izmir (2000, returning to Hapoel shortly after), Bnei Herzeliya (2001–02), Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (2003–04), Hapoel Tel-Aviv (2004–05, again losing in the league final) and Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel (2005–06).

List of Georgetown Hoyas in the NBA and WNBA drafts

The Georgetown Hoyas, representing Georgetown University, have had 42 players picked in the NBA Draft. Two Hoyas were the NBA first overall draft picks: Patrick Ewing in 1985 and Allen Iverson in 1996. Alonzo Mourning was the second overall pick in the 1992 draft. Other alumni have gone undrafted, but entered the NBA later, such as Jaren Jackson in 1989, and Henry Sims and Chris Wright in 2013.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. The Heat compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The Heat play their home games at American Airlines Arena, and have won three NBA championships.

The franchise began play in 1988 as an expansion team, where after a period of mediocrity, the Heat would gain relevance during the 1990s following the appointment of former head coach Pat Riley in the role of team president. Riley would construct the high-profile trades of Alonzo Mourning in 1995, and of Tim Hardaway in 1996, which immediately propelled the team into playoff contention. Mourning and Hardaway would eventually lead the Heat to four division titles, prior to their departures in 2001 and 2002, respectively. As a result, the team struggled, and entered into a rebuild in time for the 2002–03 season.

Led by Dwyane Wade, and following a trade for former NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Shaquille O'Neal, Miami made the NBA Finals in 2006, where they clinched their first championship, led by Riley as head coach. After the departure of O'Neal two years later, the team entered into another period of decline for the remainder of the 2000s. This saw the resignation of Riley as head coach, who returned to his position as team president, and was replaced by Erik Spoelstra.

In 2010, after creating significant cap space, the Heat partnered Wade with former league MVP LeBron James, and perennial NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, creating the "Big Three". During their four-year spell together, and under the guise of Spoelstra, James, Wade, and Bosh, they would lead the Heat to the NBA Finals in every season, and won two back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. The trio would all depart by 2016, and the team entered another period of rebuilding. Wade was eventually reacquired in 2018, albeit to retire with the franchise.The Heat hold the record for the NBA's third-longest streak, 27 straight games, set during the 2012–13 season. Four Hall of Famers have played for Miami, while James has won the NBA MVP Award while playing for the team.

Miami Heat accomplishments and records

This page details the all-time statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association.

Miami Heat all-time roster

The Miami Heat is an American professional basketball team based in Miami. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team joined the NBA in 1988 as an expansion team, and won the NBA championship in 2006, 2012 and 2013. The team played its home games at the Miami Arena until 2000, and have played its home games at the American Airlines Arena since then. The Heat is owned by Micky Arison. Its current staff consists of Pat Riley as team president and Erik Spoelstra as head coach.The Heat started building their roster by playing selecting players in the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft and 1988 NBA draft. Since then, 217 players have appeared in at least one game for the franchise. Dwyane Wade is the most successful player in Heat history. His achievements include Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2006, All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in 2010, 11 consecutive All-Star Game selections and eight All-NBA Teams selections. Alonzo Mourning, the franchise's first ever All-Star, won two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and was selected to five All-Star Games and two All-NBA Teams. LeBron James, who played four years with the Heat, won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2012 and 2013, the Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2012 and 2013, and was selected to four consecutive All-Star Games and four consecutive All-NBA Teams. Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal are the only other Heat players who have been selected to both the All-Star Game and the All-NBA Team. Anthony Mason and Chris Bosh are the only other Heat players who have been selected to the All-Star Game. Two Heat players have won the NBA Most Improved Player Award: Rony Seikaly in 1990 and Isaac Austin in 1997. Ten Heat players were selected to the All-Rookie Team. Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Payton, who played two seasons for the Heat and was part of the Heat championship team in 2006, have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.Udonis Haslem and Wade, who have played for the Heat since they entered the league in 2003, are the franchise's longest-serving players. Haslem has recorded more rebounds than any other Heat players. Wade has played more games, more minutes, scored more points, recorded more assists and more steals than any other Heat players. He also led the franchise in field goals made and free throws made. Mourning, who played 11 seasons with the Heat, is the franchise's second longest-serving player. He has blocked more shots than any other Heat players.

Hassan Whiteside is the starting center.

The Heat have four retired jersey numbers: the number 33 jersey worn by Alonzo Mourning, the number 10 jersey worn by Tim Hardaway, the number 1 jersey worn by Chris Bosh, and the number 23 jersey worn by Michael Jordan, who has never played for the Heat. The Heat retired Jordan's number 23 jersey in April 2003 to honor Jordan's achievements and contributions in basketball. The Heat is the only NBA team other than the Chicago Bulls to have retired the number 23 jersey in honor of Jordan. Mourning had his number 33 jersey retired in March 2009, a year after he retired. Hardaway, who played six seasons with the Heat, had his number 10 jersey retired in October 2009.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

The NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the best defensive player of the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points, second-place voted are worth three points, and a third-place vote is worth one. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.Since its inception, the award has been given to 21 different players. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace have each won the award a record four times. Dwight Howard is the only player to have won the award in three consecutive seasons. Sidney Moncrief, Mark Eaton, Dennis Rodman, Hakeem Olajuwon, Alonzo Mourning, and Kawhi Leonard have each won it twice. The most recent award recipient is Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.

Although five of the first six winners were perimeter players, the award has traditionally been given to big men who rebound and block shots. Only seven perimeter players have been honored: Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cooper, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, Ron Artest (known now as Metta World Peace), and Kawhi Leonard. Payton is the only point guard to have won. Jordan, Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Kevin Garnett are the only Defensive Player of the Year winners to have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) during their careers; Jordan and Olajuwon won both awards in the same season. In Olajuwon's case, he is the only one to have also won the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and the NBA championship in the same season. On four occasions, the Defensive Player of the Year recipient was not voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in the same year. Robertson in 1986, Mutombo (1995), Tyson Chandler (2012), and Marc Gasol (2013) were instead named to the second team. Whereas the Defensive Player of the Year is voted on by the media, the All-Defensive teams were voted on by NBA coaches prior to 2014.Frenchman Rudy Gobert is the only winner who was trained completely outside the U.S. Out of the other three winners born outside the U.S., Mutombo and Olajuwon both played U.S. college basketball, and Gasol played U.S. high school basketball. Joakim Noah, who has played for the French national team, was born in New York City and played both high school and college basketball in the U.S.

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