Harris activated to take Mourning’s spot
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets placed veteran
center Alonzo Mourning on the injured list Tuesday and activated guard Lucious
Harris from the IL.
On Monday, it was announced that Mourning will no longer be able to continue
his professional basketball career because of an existing medical condition.
Mourning, who missed the entire 2002-03 campaign with a kidney disorder, is
expected to undergo a kidney transplant soon. The 33-year-old Georgetown
product was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in 2000, a
disease that causes chronic kidney failure.
The seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year left the
Miami Heat and signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Nets last
July. He was cleared to play in May after a physical examination.
Mourning was originally selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round
(second pick overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft. He was traded by the Hornets
along with Pete Myers and LeRon Ellis in November 1995 to the Heat for Glen
Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves, and a 1996 first-round draft pick.
Mourning, who was in his 12th NBA season, was also a member of the gold medal
winning 2000 Team USA Olympic Team and was named the 2000 USA Basketball Male
Athlete of the Year.
In 12 games this season, Mourning averaged 17.9 minutes, 8.0 points and 2.3
rebounds per contest.
Harris has yet to play this season because of pain in his lower back. In 77
contests last year for the Nets, he averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0
assists per contest.