Alonzo Mourning was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.
The Miami Heat legend found out he would be inducted back in April and the big day finally arrived capping of several months of anticipation. Other players going in with Mourning were Mitch Richmond, Guy Rodgers and Sarunas Marciulionis.
Three coaches were also inducted on Friday with Nolan Richardson, Gary Williams and Bob Leonard earning enshrinement. Rounding out the inductees were David Stern and Nat Clifton.
Joining Mourning on stage were Heat president Pat Riley and former Georgetown University head coach John Thompson who was the man in charge during Mourning's college days.
”It’s good to be remembered for more than just dragging Jeff Van Gundy around on my leg," Mourning said shortly after taking the stage. The mention of that iconic moment in Heat history brought laughter from the crowd.
During his induction speech, Mourning made several statements that will undoubtedly be replayed for years to come.
“No one goes through life alone."
"Occasionally I threw an elbow or two. And by the way, I had fun doing it."
"Pat (Riley) builds cultures of winning."
Mourning played with the Heat from 1999-2005 and then again from 2005-2008. He was a member of the 2006 NBA Champions and was also a seven-time All-Star during his exceptional career.
After his playing career ended following the 2008 season, Mourning joined the Heat front office as the Vice President of Player Programs and Development in 2009. He still serves in that role to this day and has remained a large presence at Heat games.
Mourning is still the franchise leader for blocks in Miami and had his #33 retired by the team.