Hall-Of-Fame inductee Alonzo Mourning reflected on his career in an NBATV interview. Of course, the most moving part of his journey had to do with his comeback from a rare kidney disease in which he needed a transplant.
Mourning’s story about how he learned about his disease just after the birth of his second child is captivating, but what really starts jerking the tears is Pat Riley’s story of visiting him in the hospital post-surgery.
“He walked strong right towards me and he said ‘I’m gonna come back, I’m gonna come back. This is not gonna get me down’,” Riley says while fighting back tears. “To see him broken was hard.”
Mourning did come back to the NBA, and eventually found his way back with the Miami Heat where he would back up Shaquille O’Neal. In 2006, that team went on to win the NBA Finals and give Mourning a ring to cap off his amazing and unique career.
Our own Ryan Smith is chronicling some of the major highlights in Mourning’s career, be sure to check that out here at AllUCanHeat.com.