Alonzo Mourning, one of the Heat's most celebrated franchise players, announced his retirement today, rather than attempt a comeback after a devastating leg injury in 2007.
"I truly feel it's best that I retire," Mourning said at a
news conference. "When you've got something you love and you're
passionate about, it's hard to let that go. But at 38 I feel I've
physically done all I can for this game. It has been an amazing ride."
Mourning had two stints with the heat. The first from 1995-2001, and the most recent from '05-'07. Despite frequently being sidelined for injury and illnesses, he was the team's all-time leader in points scored, was an NBA All-Star seven times, helped lead the team to a 2006 championship, and won gold at the 2000 Olympics.