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When Alonzo Mourning was traded to the Miami Heat (via Charlotte), I don't think anyone knew exactly what they were getting.
'Zo was a disgruntled, super-talented big man who wanted out of the Hornets organization bad.
When the Heat swapped a no-drama, proven player like Glen Rice for Mourning, some Heat fans were concerned.
Now, looking back, those concerns are nothing more than a distant memory.
Mourning was not only one of the greatest big men to ever play the game, but he is also arguably the greatest player in Miami Heat history.
He was powerful, shifty and always had incredible touch around the hoop. He could box out and rebound with the best of them, and his shot-blocking ability was second to none.
I think it's fair to say Alonzo Mourning was a unique big man with an elite skill set.
Over the course of his first tenure in Miami (1995-2002), he was responsible for turning an expansion franchise into a hardworking, quality basketball program.
With 'Zo serving as the anchor, the Heat won big games and battled hard night in and night out.
Had it not been for Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls, Mourning could have had more than his fair share of rings (he got one in 2006 after he rejoined the team and played off the bench).
A seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Alonzo Mourning had his legendary No. 33 jersey retired on March 30, 2009.