Alonzo Mourning is an American former professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career for the Miami Heat.
Nicknamed “Zo”, Mourning played at center. Following his college basketball career at Georgetown University, his tenacity on defense twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and perennially placed him on the NBA All-Defensive Team. Mourning made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant and later won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Heat.
Mourning also played for the Charlotte Hornets and New Jersey Nets. On March 30, 2009, Mourning became the first Miami Heat player to have his number retired. Since June 26, 2009, Mourning has served as Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat. On August 8, 2014, Mourning was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.