There aren’t many modern-day centers, let alone players, who can match the intensity of Alonzo “Zo” Mourning. Zo was an enforcer in the paint wherever he played and gave his teams an identity of toughness, grit and competitive fire. began his career playing at Georgetown University. He was drafted as the second pick in 1992 by the Charlotte Hornets. He spent most of his 15-year career playing for the Miami Heat but also played for the Charlotte Hornets and the New Jersey Nets.
Alonzo was a seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time defensive player of the year, two-time blocks leader of the year. So good at shot-blocking was Zo that averaged the most blocks (5.46) in the NBA per 48 minutes. How tough was he? Even after having to sit out 3 seasons, while he fought against a rare kidney disease and received a transplant, Zo helped lead the Heat to the NBA Championship in 2006. He retired as a player in January of 2009 and joined the Miami Heat’s Player Development and Community Relations office.