We were remiss yesterday in failing to mention the knee injury suffered by the Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning on Wednesday night in a game against Atlanta that represents the end of his career.
Mourning was expected to retire at the end of this season, his 15th in the NBA, but the injury hastens that. Although Mourning has not had the kind of stats during the latter part of his career that he did when he broke into the league, he was part of the Heat's championship team a couple of years ago and his time in the NBA has been marked by both a kidney transplant he received four years ago and his charitable work on behalf of children and transplantation.
Mourning has received several awards for his efforts off the court and he has raised $2 million to fight the kidney ailment, which necessitated his own transplant, an organ donated by a cousin.
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