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Alonzo Mourning Said It's a "Reward" to Enter Hall of Fame

iStock/Thinkstock(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Former Miami Heat All-Star Alonzo Mourning will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

Mourning was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1992 and played there for three seasons before leaving for Miami, where he became one of the best big men in the game.  He also spent two seasons with the Nets.

Mourning was diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease in 2000, which took away most of his strength, but received a kidney transplant and then went on to help Miami win their first title in 2006.

"You don't think about going to the Hall of Fame. It's your reward," Mourning said on Thursday. "This was the last thing on my mind. I had an amazing career. The journey was spectacular for me, personally. If no one else saw it that way, then so be it."

"It's the pinnacle of the sport," Mourning continued. "And outside of the birth of my children and winning a championship, it's the pinnacle of it all."

Mourning averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots for his career.

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