Wednesday , Sep , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Zo seeks another comeback with Nets

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Retired NBA center and seven-time All-
Star Alonzo Mourning is going to give his playing career one more shot.

Mourning will be among the attendees when the New Jersey Nets open training
camp on October 4 in hopes of reviving his playing career that was previously
cut short due to a kidney ailment.

The news comes on the same day as published reports out of New York that
indicate All-Star point guard Jason Kidd will be out until December because of
knee surgery.

The team also traded away starting power forward Kenyon Martin to the Denver
Nuggets earlier this offseason.

The Nets signed Mourning to a four-year, $22 million contract prior to the
2003-04 season, but his time with New Jersey lasted only 12 games because of a
condition known as focal glomerulosclerosis. He was forced to stop playing on
November 25, 2003 and underwent a kidney transplant less than a month later
with an organ donated by his cousin.

In his 12 games with the Nets, Mourning amassed 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in
nearly 18 minutes per game, well short of his career averages.

Mourning has compiled 20.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in 634 contests
over his 12-year career.

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