The two centers couldn’t be more different. Alonzo Mourning personified toughness and a commitment to defending the basket, a true center in every sense. Chris Bosh, on the other hand, is known as a player who can stretch a defense thin and defend multiple positions with his length and quickness.
Zo, for all his hard work and accomplishments, was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame this weekend. Bosh tweeted his congratulations.
Congrats to Alonzo Mourning on his HOF induction. A career of true character and toughness I can only hope to attain pic.twitter.com/OGebpirllj
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) August 9, 2014
Bosh had more than 140 characters to work with on Instagram.
“Congrats to my guy Alonzo Mourning for being inducted to the Hall of Fame last night! A fierce competitor and shot blocking machine! I hope that I can learn from your professionalism and all that you do for the city of Miami.”
Bosh chose to celebrate Zo’s toughness. Many doubt Bosh’s toughness. Why? I’m not quite sure. Maybe because he is thin relative to other centers and doesn’t rack of the blocks. Few remember him coming back from an abdominal strain to help win the 2012 NBA Finals, though.
He also mentioned Zo’s character. Despite LeBron James departing for the Cavaliers in a less-than-respectful fashion, Bosh worked with Pat Riley to deliver a timely decision.
It is no surprise that, of all Zo’s traits, Bosh focused on his toughness and character.