Aug 9, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT
Alonzo Mourning was part of the 2014 class inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, and there was never any doubt that he would be deserving of the honor.
Mourning played 15 seasons, the last five of which came after taking a year off to battle a life-threatening kidney disease. He came into the league with the Charlotte Hornets, but will be remembered by most for the 10-plus seasons he spent with the Heat, and winning a title in Miami in 2006.
More than just contributing statistically, Mourning embodied all of the qualities that Pat Riley valued most, and was the locker room leader from a team culture standpoint.
Here’s Mourning’s Hall of Fame career retrospective video:
And highlights from his speech can be viewed in the clip below.
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