This Day In Sports History (November 22nd) – Wayne Gretzky
This Day In Sports History (November 25th) — Alonzo Mourning
It was on this day in 2003 that New Jersey Nets center Alonzo Mourning announced his retirement. Mourning retired due to complications from his kidney disease.
Just a few weeks after announcing his retirement, Mourning underwent a successful kidney transplant. After months of rehab and getting back into shape, Alonzo began practicing with his former team, the New Jersey Nets, and would start the 2004-05 on the team’s roster, albeit in a limited role. In December of that year, unhappy with his role, Mourning was traded to the Toronto Raptors but failed to report to the team, which ultimately led to his contract being bought out. He signed a contract with the Miami Heat, a team he was familiar with, having spent eight seasons there earlier in is career.
In 2006, Mourning achieved the ultimate goal, winning an NBA Championship. Although he was a backup to Shaquille O’Neal , Zo played an integral role in helping the Miami Heat capture the franchise’s first NBA Championship.
Here is a tribute to Alonzo Mourning.
Joe DiMaggio, MLB – Born November 25th 1914 in Martinez, California
Cris Carter, NFL – Born November 25th 1965 (age 48) in Troy, Ohio
Donovan McNabb, NFL – Born November 25th 1976 (age 37) in Chicago, Illinois