Greatest Home Returns In NBA History
3 – Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat (1995-2002, 2005-2008)
One of the toughest warriors in NBA history, Alonzo Mourning became the face of a Miami Heat franchise that was looking to establish its place in the league. Zo went on to build his reputation as one of the best centers of his era and turning the Heat franchise into perennial contenders, winning 2 Defensive Player of the Year awards along the way. However, in 2003 Mourning signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets but shortly discovered that he had a severe kidney ailment which forced him to leave the league. The true warrior in Mourning would not roll over because after undergoing a kidney transplant, he made an inspiring return to the NBA. Zo found his way back to Miami’s warm embrace in 2005 when he was signed as a free agent and, despite being a shell of his old self in terms of his overall repertoire, he did not lose his defensive intensity and it proved to be enough to help Miami win its first ever NBA championship in a come from behind series win over the Dallas Mavericks in 2006.
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