Alonzo Mourning Hall of Fame Induction Speech + Retrospective
When Shaq and Alonzo Mourning were rookies in 1992, I begged my dad to buy me tickets to the first meeting between the Magic and Hornets. Lucky for me I got to see one of the first NBA games of the MDE but since Alonzo was a rookie holdout, I didn’t get to see him play. Unfortunately for me, I never got to see Zo play in person. I’ve seen him at events and even went shopping next to him in a Nike Store in Miami around 2001 but I never got to see one of the last true great centers play which has always bothered me.
What did make me feel better was watching him win a NBA championship in 2006 alongside the player that I was hoping to see him battle with in 1992. Then on March 30th of 2009, the Heat retired his jersey. It was only fitting that they were playing the Orlando Magic that night.
Tonight, i’m feeling great again because I got to see the great Alonzo Mourning get inducted into the hall of fame. On that night when my Dad and I went to the Magic and Hornets game, I predicted that the two rookies would become hall-of-famers. I was told “it was too early” to make predictions like that. He was right at the time but I was also right.