It was 13 months ago when Alonzo Mourning suffered a leg injury tearing his patella tendon and quadriceps muscle in his right leg. Mourning had a lot of setbacks then but at 38 years old he knew that was the last game of his career. This time it’s now over, Alonzo was at peace with himself although he is now perfectly fine, Zo made it official announcing his retirement calling it quits and will now concentrate on being a father for his two wonderful kids and a husband to his supportive wife.
After being diagnosed in 2000 a rare kidney disease he was in and out of the league and when his condition went sour he underwent a transplant in 2003 and was retired until 2005. He thought about being retired for good but his desire to be back and conquer his own demons, Zo work harder than ever and was instrumental on Miami’s first ever championship.
Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, Mourning was traded to the Heat and helped Miami on a 6 consecutive playoffs appearance and eventually won the NBA title with Shaquille and Wade.
Alonzo’s resiliency kept him from a career ending disease if not for his vastly faith he would have crumbled down the very first day his doctor diagnosed him.
From his book “Resilience: Faith, Focus and Triumph with Dan Wetzel” Alonzo said “God puts you in situations to test your faith, and it can only grow stronger as you overcome these hurdles. From faith comes resilience. Faith makes things possible. But as I would learn, it doesn’t make them easy…”
Coming back hasn’t been easy for Zo. From a starting center to bench player then to backup, Mourning has accepted his fate. He gave his everything every time his coaches tap him. Being a 7th All star player doesn’t guarantee anything even with only 6 percent body fat and a 300 pounds bench press couldn’t guarantee you’re healthy. Mourning has ended his career but it’s just the beginning of more things to come. His countless community works and institutions will now be Zo’s focus of course washing dishes, cleaning the house and taking out of the trash will now be his daily routine.
Zo is excited and happy of his new life. He had conquered disease and won a championship and most of all a family who stands by him in anyway.
Will miss you Zo…