Alonzo Mourning retires from NBA

Miami Heat reserve centre Alonzo Mourning — once the property of the Toronto Raptors — confirmed Monday that he has retired.

Miami Heat reserve centre Alonzo Mourning — once the property of the Toronto Raptors — confirmed Monday that he has retired.

Mourning, 37, has not played since tearing his right quadriceps and a patella tendon in his right knee trying to block a shot during the first quarter of the protested 117-111 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Dec. 19.

"Yes, I'm retired. This is it for me," he said on the team's website.

Mourning averaged 5.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 16.0 minutes in 24 games for the Heat this season, prior to the injury.

He is the franchise leader in games played (568), points (9,310), rebounds (4,714), blocked shots (1,583) and minutes played (17,311).

Mourning made headlines at the start of the 2000-01 NBA season when he was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) — a degenerative kidney ailment.

He had a kidney transplant on Dec. 19, 2003, receiving a kidney from his cousin, Jason Cooper, and later returned to the NBA.

The seven-time all-star averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocked shots, 1.1 assists and 31.0 minutes in 837 games (686 starts) over 15 NBA seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, New Jersey Nets and Heat.

Mourning was acquired by Toronto from New Jersey along with Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two first-round draft picks for Vince Carter on Dec. 17, 2004.

But he refused to report to the Raptors, and negotiated a buyout on the more than $17 million US he was owned on a four-year, $22.6-million US contract he signed with the Nets on July 16, 2003.

Mourning was drafted second overall out of Georgetown by the Hornets in 1992, and was chosen NBA defensive player of the year in 1999 and 2000.

With files from the Associated Press