Mourning is a staple in Miami with his illustrious career with the Miami Heat and with the Miami community. He is now officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame within the 2014 class and joins 9 other inductees. There were 12 finalists, but only 10 in total made it. Tim Hardaway (also formerly of the Miami Heat) did not make the cut and did not revieve
Mourning was a seven-time NBA All-Star (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002) and a member of the Miami Heat NBA Championship team in 2006. He is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1999, 2000) and a two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member (1999, 2000). He led the NBA in blocked shots (1998-99, 1999-2000) and blocks per game (1998-99, 1999-2000) and earned an NBA All Rookie Team recognition in 1993. The Chesapeake, Virginia native attended Georgetown University (1988-1992) and played in the NBA from 1993 until 2008 and is the all-time leader in blocks for the Miami Heat with 1,625.
Alonzo’s response: “[It’s an honor] to even be considered to be part of this prestigious fraternity. [You] think about all the trials and tribulations that you had to go through since I picked up a ball when I was eight years old. Just to think that this time has come. It also lets you know that basketball is over with.”
The ceremonies will take place in Springfield, Mass., on August 7-9, 2014. In order to be inducted, candidates needed 18 of 24 votes from the Hall’s Honors Committee. Fortunately Zo made the cut and we’re hoping Tim Hardaway makes it soon.
Source: Sports Illustrated