Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Alonzo Mourning Really Retiring?

For a few hours Monday, it appeared Alonzo Mourning had made the official announcement concerning his expected retirement. But the Heat was not ready to announce that one of the most respected figures in team history has finished his playing career.In an interview on the team Web site, Mourning said: ‘Yes. I’m retired. This is it for me.’ The Heat, however, said the report was premature and removed the Q&A.’A mistake was made and it’s not an accurate story and it’s been pulled, with  our apologies,’ Heat spokesman Tim Donovan said. Mourning’s was responding to the question: ‘Have you completely ruled out coming back for another season?’

Mourning, who turns 38 next month, said before the season this would be his final year. On Dec. 19 in Atlanta he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee and underwent surgery the next day.And although he never said he was officially retired, Mourning’s actions and words were clear. Mourning refused to be wheeled off the court on a gurney after landing awkwardly on his leg. ‘That’s not the way I envisioned myself (leaving) the court for the last time in my career,’ he said following the game. Instead, he called for two teammates to assist him. Mourning then hobbled off the floor with his arms around Dwyane Wade and Earl Barron. Click here for more from the Palm Beach Post.