Last night (February 12th), the Miami Heat played a home game versus the Portland Trailblazers. The game was televised on NBATV as part of their weekly fan night telecast. On the NBATV Fan Night, fans can vote on which NBA game they want televised on Tuesday night of each week.
During last night’s telecast of the Heat game, two former Heat legends were interviewed – Tim Hardaway and Chesapeake native, Alonzo Mourning. Mourning played most of his 15-year career with the Miami Heat and won an NBA championship with the team in 2006. In March 2009, he became the first Heat player to have his number retired and in June 2009 he became the Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Heat.
During last night’s interview, Mourning discussed his continuing health issues – his playing career was interrupted during the 2003 season due to a kidney transplant. He also discussed playing for Pat Riley, the Heat’s rivalry with the Knicks throughout his career, and winning the championship in 2006. Mourning also discussed this current Miami Heat team and the success that the team has had in the recent years.
Mourning was on hand to watch the Heat win their 1,000th regular-season game in franchise history in their 117-104 victory over the Blazers. In the game, Heat forward LeBron James also made NBA history. James became the first player to score 30 or more points and shoot at least 60 percent in six consecutive games.
Mourning, who played his high school basketball at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, was named as the USA Today, Parade, Gatorade, and Naismith Player of the Year following his senior year of high school. During that senior year at Indian River, Mourning averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 blocked shots per game. He went on to play his college basketball at Georgetown University before being selected with the second pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.