Thursday , Oct , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Zo Goes for Nets

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Seven-time All-Star Alonzo Mourning
returned to action for the first time since undergoing a kidney transplant,
and scored 12 points in New Jersey’s 96-94 victory over the Philadelphia
76ers on Thursday night.

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.

Mourning added five rebounds in 19 minutes of action for the Nets. The 34-
year-old Mourning was 3-for-5 from the field and made six of 10 free throws.

Mourning averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in his dozen games last season.

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