September 1, 2014
Alonzo Mourning's jersey will soon hang over the Miami Heat's home floor.
The Heat will retire Mourning's No. 33 in a halftime ceremony
March 30, when Miami hosts the Orlando Magic. His will be the first
Heat jersey to be retired by the team, which has previously put the
numbers of Michael Jordan and Dan Marino on the arena wall.
Mourning suffered what essentially amounted to a career-ending
injury on Dec. 19, 2007 - the fourth anniversary of his lifesaving
He tried to return this season for one final campaign, but
retired for good on Jan. 22.
Mourning was part of Miami's NBA championship in 2006, was a
seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA defensive player of the year.
He finished with career averages of 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and
2.8 blocked shots.