While Alonzo Mourning isn’t the first guy to play for the Miami Heat to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, he truly is the first Heat to be honored.
Gary Payton is the first player to suit up for the Heat to be in the Hall of Fame, but he was inducted for his time with the Seattle Supersonics, not Miami, even though he won a championship in 2006 with the Heat as a teammate of Zo’s.
Nothing against Payton, but Mourning beefed up his resume while in Miami. This is a milestone not only for Zo, but for the young Heat organization.
Mourning, now a member of the Heat front office, broke the news in the team huddle during a practice, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Mourning, who is set to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, joined the Heat’s current players in their post-practice huddle at AmericanAirlines Arena’s practice facility and the team broke the huddle with “1…2…3…Hall of Fame.”
Mourning’s No. 33 was recently retired by the Heat. He is a seven-time All-Star and won Defensive Player of the Year is consecutive seasons (1999-2000). His fight back from Kidney disease is one of the great comeback stories and served to inspire South Florida sports fans.
The Hall of Fame will formally announce this year’s class during Final Four weekend in Dallas, but Mourning is in.