- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

‘ZO REACTION — Alonzo Mourning’s sudden retirement from the NBA because of kidney disease Monday ended a great career. Mourning, a former Georgetown player, needs a kidney transplant. Naturally, Mourning’s deteriorating condition has touched everyone on the Hilltop.

“That Alonzo resumed his career in the NBA despite his ailment speaks volumes about his character,” Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. “He is a very special person whom we all support. He makes an impact with anything he does. He’s courageous and quite selfless about helping others, even becoming the public face for the National Kidney Foundation after his condition was diagnosed. He’s a tremendous example for young people, and we are all hoping and praying that his course of treatment is a complete success.”

Mourning learned three years ago he had kidney disease while playing with the Miami Heat. Mourning, Georgetown’s fourth leading scorer (2,001 points), third leading rebounder (1,032 rebounds) and second shot blocker (453 blocks), sat out most of the 2000-01 NBA season and all of last year. Signed by the New Jersey Nets in the offseason, Mourning lasted 12 games before his condition worsened.

— Ken Wright

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