Alonzo Mourning

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    • Alonzo: Once my doctor began treating my kidney disease, my greatest challenge was the constant exhaustion. Fortunately, my doctor explained that anemia was causing my exhaustion and that people with serious illnesses, like kidney disease, may be at increased risk for anemia.

    • Alonzo: It felt better just putting on that jersey, and at the end of all this just coming out with a win. That's what this is all about.

    • Alonzo: I've got to worry about Alonzo Mourning, because a year or two ago there was a chance that Alonzo Mourning wouldn't be standing here talking to you. That's the cold reality of it.

    • Alonzo: This is what he lives for. This is where he makes his name.

    • Alonzo: Watching it on film, it's outright blatant that we're a step slow.

    • Alonzo: Shaq didn't play well and we were still in a position to win the game. And we only shot five free throws. For the game. With an intense, physical game like that, we only shot five free throws? That's another topic for discussion.

    • Alonzo: When he hasn't been on the floor, that's when we've had some of our biggest lapses.

    • Alonzo: I hate to use excuses, but... I haven't been able to do anything for five weeks. I'm a step off. The good thing about it is that I won't have any setbacks by playing. The doctor said the only way for me to get it stronger is to play.

    • Alonzo: We did nothing but breathe life into that team. That was a CPR job right there.

    • Alonzo: It's not too many other players in this world who can do what he does at the level he does it. He has an impact on a team with his presence alone. He doesn't have to score a point and he can impact a team. His presence increases the level of any team. He's worth every dime he gets.

    • Alonzo: We can't turn and look at the refs for answers. We did nothing but breathe life into that team. It was nothing but a CPR session out there. They just kept waltzing to the basket.

    • Alonzo: We've got to stop worrying about the offense, too. Our biggest concern should be our defense.

    • Alonzo: We can't look at them. We've got to go out there and do it ourselves. We're foolish if we're trying to look at the referees.

    • Alonzo: We did nothing but breathe life into this team, that's all we did.

    • Alonzo: I'm going to play tonight.

    • Alonzo: The series isn't over. I've just got to wait and see. I've got to keep progressing. As long as I keep progressing, I'll keep feeling positive.

    • Alonzo: I'm going to have a long conversation with Stu. He was once a player. He knows the intensity in the playoffs. I thought he would have made better judgment in his decision.

    • Alonzo: I'm coming close to being back on the court. I'm making a tremendous amount of progress.

    • Alonzo: Didn't weigh into it at all. My health is the No. 1 concern and my longevity is the No. 1 concern.

    • Alonzo: Every day that it continues to progress, I'm able to see improvement.

    • Alonzo: It's a matter of when my leg is ready. We're talking about 16 games we've got to win (en route to the NBA championship), and I want to make the right decision. As we progress, I want to be 100 percent instead of 75 percent or 65 percent.

    • Alonzo: It's devastating to lose anybody in your family. But I don't know a man who's not close with his mom.

    • Alonzo: This is his therapy... Basketball always has been his refuge.

    • Alonzo: This is his therapy... Basketball always has been his refuge.

    • Alonzo: You know what? We've still got a whole summer. So, that's not really etched in stone. He's at an age right now, man, where I wouldn't put any guarantees on the future.

    • Alonzo: You can hardly touch a guy. If anybody has any athletic ability and quickness, with the first step he's going to get to the basket. They don't want you to touch guys on the dribble. I remember when I came into the league, you could touch guys. You can't do that anymore.

    • Alonzo: The effort that we put forth, it's not his fault. He put the guys in that he trusted, that he thought would get the job done.

    • Alonzo: I was hurting. I had some ailments I was dealing with. It's not like I was holding out.

    • Alonzo: I can still play this game at a high level; I've proven that. I want to be home. I want to be close to my family. I want to be close to my foundation and my business interests.

    • Alonzo: He has big hands for his size - hands like a 7-footer. He can grab the ball and palm it. And he has great athletic ability.

    • Alonzo: It's an unfortunate circumstance. But if I had to pick a time to get injured, I'd have picked this time, before we go into the post-season.

    • Alonzo: I'm going to make sure that I'm healthy before I come back. It's important for me to be right before I step back on the court, especially going into the post-season. I don't want to risk coming back too early and injuring it again. It wouldn't be worth it.

    • Alonzo: It is discouraging. But at the time same, I know it could have been worse.

    • Alonzo: When I saw his height and the potential he had, I knew good things were going to happen. If he stayed two more years, he'd be the first pick in the (NBA) draft.

    • Alonzo: He would hit me and I wouldn't even be looking and I would fumble the ball. Now I keep my eyes on him all the time, because there's no telling when it's going to come.

    • Alonzo: When we get our minds to playing defense, we can turn any game around. I hope we get to a more consistent level of play.

    • Alonzo: There's nobody else on the face of this earth that's playing a sport at a highest level ... with a transplant. That alone continues to inspire me, because I realize throughout the whole world the struggles that people are going through. I need to inspire them the best way I can.

    • Alonzo: Everything is just falling into place. I do feel great. I feel good, thank God. I'm very, very appreciative of this opportunity that I have. And I play the game like I'm appreciative, because I truly am. I know a couple years ago, I didn't think I was going to be able to do this again.

    • Alonzo: I'll carry the torch until it needs to be passed. Hopefully, God willing, I plan on finishing my career here, if it be this year or maybe next year.

    • Alonzo: We know what we're capable of doing when we set our minds to it. We made a statement defensively.

    • Alonzo: We've been on big fellow's shoulders the whole year. We expect him to help us get where we need to go, and that's to the finals. But we know he can't do it by himself. Man, he just turned 34.

    • Alonzo: All of us needed to contribute in order for us to get that win. Some nights are going to be like that.

    • Alonzo: Always treasure the opportunity. He's got another opportunity to play again when he's 28, 29. Enjoy it. Enjoy it while you can.

    • Alonzo: Come on, man. He's 24 years old. When I was 24 years old, I could play all year round. I was always looking for a run. Always.

    • Alonzo: We know we have to improve defensively to be a contender down the stretch. I just hope we don't run out of time.

    • Alonzo: Because he draws so much attention and is so aggressive attacking the basket, I'd like to see him find the open man just a little bit more. He could average 10 assists a game if he made a concerted effort to do that. But the man is only 24 years old.

    • Alonzo: I've been around him 10 years with him. You never ever know what he's going to so you can expect anything.

    • Alonzo: I've been around for nine or 10 years with him. You never ever know what he's going to do, so you can expect anything. Hey, as long as we're collecting wins when he's doing it, that's all that counts.

    • Alonzo: All I know is we're going into the All-Star beak on a positive note. But we haven't achieved anything. Nobody has done anything except gotten to the All-Star break.

    • Alonzo: What I'll say is this: I respect his consistency. Never missing a game in 31 years, that's something.

    • Alonzo: Time and work. I just hope we don't run out of time.

    • Alonzo: I think we get in situations where we feel like we can outscore teams, which we do have the capabilities, but we do that forgetting the fact other teams can score, too. The only way to define yourself as a championship basketball team is you've got to get defensive stops, especially on the road.

    • Alonzo: Defensively, we were horrible. We were horrible.

    • Alonzo: The record pretty much tells it all. We have to improve to get where we want to be. There's no science to it.

    • Alonzo: The record pretty much tells it all. We have to improve to get where we want to be. There's no science to it.

    • Alonzo: I'm sure these two years have given him some time to reflect and think differently. But at the same time, I know we'll get into some intense situations on the court. And if we're not playing up to our potential, we're going to see the old Riles.

    • Alonzo: We have the deepest frontcourt in the league, ... which should help, especially down the stretch.

    • Alonzo: I want to live 50 more years. I'm 33 years old... and I want to live to at least be 80 and see my kids grow up and see my grandkids. That's important to me.

    • Alonzo: When there's a performance like that, you're going to hear it. He's supposed to do that, the way his team performed.

    • Alonzo: Does this game matter coming up? You're damn right it does. It does matter. It matters a lot to us, but we have to continue to focus on getting better.

    • Alonzo: I see us improving. I don't see this game bringing us down. We're going to see them again. For sure, we're going to see them again. And I'm anxiously waiting for it, too.

    • Alonzo: That team has been together — we haven't.

    • Alonzo: The only ways for teams to keep Shaquille from getting good position is to hold him and to grab him.

    • Alonzo: He's a winner, man. That's like a college professor that's been teaching for over 20 years and had people come out his class with bachelor degrees.

    • Alonzo: I know what he brings to the table. I think his presence alone is going to be beneficial for this team.

    • Alonzo: You play this game to provide for your family, No. 1. After that, it's about winning. ... We're in good hands.

    • Alonzo: Words can't express how good it is to see him back out there. I know how frustrating it was for him to be out.

    • Alonzo: We've got to dig our we've got to double-team him.

    • Alonzo: Did you see me play last year? OK, enough said. I'm not sick. There's nothing wrong with me. If I couldn't play this game at a high level, I wouldn't be here. So don't question my abilities. Please don't do that.

    • Alonzo: I was very, very confident in my body. As soon as the doctors gave me the green light, I knew that I would be capable of contributing in a way that will benefit this ball club.

    • Alonzo: Either it's going to be a great dunk or a great block, ... I think statistics work in my favor. I don't like getting dunked on.

    • Alonzo: I know I can still play this game at a high level, ... I feel like I'm a Hall of Fame player.

    • Alonzo: I know I can still play this game at a high level, ... I feel like I'm a Hall of Fame player.

    • Alonzo: I think we got to play with a sense of urgency every night for the simple fact that, I think, teams are gunning for us every night, ... People know that, 'Hey, this is the team that is expected to win it all. This is the team with Shaq and D-Wade and all these guys - G.P. and Antoine and myself - all these big names. This is the team to beat.' We're like a measuring stick for a lot of teams.

    • Alonzo: I knew that there was a sense of urgency to get a win tonight.

    • Alonzo: Roast me because that was the first time in my career that I've been dunked on in a game four times.

    • Alonzo: I just jumped straight up in the air. I really didn't jump too much. They could have called a foul, but hey, fortunately enough, the play went our way.

    • Alonzo: I was hoping he didn't pull up and shoot a jumper, because he was on. I wanted him to come to the hole, so I did the best I could. I just jumped straight into the air. They could have called a foul. ... I didn't think it was a foul, but things went our way this evening.

    • Alonzo: A win is a win, regardless of how you look at it. We needed a win.

    • Alonzo: Did you see me play last year? Enough said. I'm not sick. There's nothing wrong with me. So don't question my abilities, please.

    • Alonzo: I have to be prepared at all times.

    • Alonzo: That's the only thing that counts, that the vast majority is unified.

    • Alonzo: I think he has a huge upside. He has a great NBA body and now it's just a matter of him incorporating his talents into a system.

    • Alonzo: I know what I do. Everybody in the city of Miami knows what I do. It's no secret.

    • Alonzo: He didn't have to lift any weights. All he has to do is show up on the block.

    • Alonzo: He's going to be extremely effective for this team. All he has to do is show up on that block. His presence alone is enough for this team.

    • Alonzo: He didn't have to do that. He's already heavy enough. Good gracious.

    • Alonzo: We all know who the go-to guys are -- Shaq and D-Wade.

    • Alonzo: At shoot around this morning, Shaq came to me on the bus and said, 'I'm going to need you tonight.' And I said, 'Okay, I haven't forgotten how to play this game.

    • Alonzo: I'm thrilled with all the improvements the team has made this summer and can't wait to get on the court and start playing.

    • Alonzo: I remain more committed than ever to bring a championship to Miami.

    • Alonzo: When the new ownership came in, they made some decisions I wasn't pleased with. And when they changed the whole aspect of it, I just totally lost interest.

    • Alonzo: There's a disappointment there because I still feel there's an emptiness in my career that just wasn't filled.

    • Alonzo: There were a lot of people that contributed to my success as a person as well as a player. Without those people, I wouldn't be sitting in the position that I'm sitting in today. I think that it's extremely important for people to realize all of the things that other people do for them.