Tuesday , Jan , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Can Alonzo Mourning Keep Up the Pace?

Heat center Alonzo Mourning said Monday that he is more focused on his recovery from knee surgery than the thought of retiring anytime soon. In his first public comments since his Dec. 20 knee surgery, Mourning said the first month of his recovery is going well, but added that the healing process has left him restless. ‘I’m feeling impatient because I have to be driven around, I’m in the house on my back, leg in the air, waiting to get this cast off,’ Mourning said. ‘But other than that, I’m happy the surgery was successful. That’s the key — knowing it’s going to heal the right way.’

Mourning, 37, tore two tendons in his right knee while attempting to block a shot during the Heat’s Dec. 19 game against the Hawks in Atlanta. He confirmed that a report posted on the Heat’s website last week that quoted him as saying he would retire was premature. Mourning said there are several issues he must first sort through before he makes a decision. He said the cast would be removed in three weeks. He then faces three to four months of rehab. Click here for more from the Miami Herald.