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MIAMI -- It was arguably the signature moment of Alonzo Mournings career. Addison Russell Jersey . He blocked a shot in the final minutes of Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals, then wriggled on the floor in what appeared to be celebration for a few seconds. Turns out, it was anger. Mourning was unimpressed by his chase-down block of Dallas Jason Terry with 8:55 left in the game where the Miami Heat would clinch their first NBA title. Instead, his memorable air-punching, arms-flailing reaction was borne from how Heat teammate Gary Payton had thrown the ball away seconds earlier and then argued with a referee at such a critical moment in the game. His fire was on full display in that moment. And it was that fire that led him to the Basketball Hall of Fame "So I had to sprint back to try to cover his butt for making that mistake, and I was mad," Mourning said. "Then I got up and I was like, Gary, what are you doing, man? Oh, I was mad. Maybe like two people really know why I was acting that way. The thing is, I was cursing Gary out. Thats what happened." After a career where he averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots, the 6-foot-10 Mourning will be part of the class enshrined in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday night, when the surest bet in sports will be that his speech will exceed the 10-minute recommendation he was given for his remarks. "I think I deserve it," Mourning said, laughing. Few would disagree. He was a seven-time All-Star, is one of only eight players to win the defensive player of the year award at least twice, an Olympic gold medallist and has already had his No. 33 jersey retired by the Heat in a star-studded ceremony that went way longer than planned, slightly raising the ire of an Orlando Magic team that wasnt planning on a never-ending halftime that night in 2009. "He had to be the first one to have his jersey retired by this franchise," Heat President Pat Riley said. "He earned that, many times over." But Mournings story is more about the journey than any statistic or award. He was raised by a foster mother who took him and 48 other kids into her home. From there, Mourning became a star at Georgetown, then an NBA icon who couldnt even be derailed by a kidney disease that necessitated a transplant while still in the prime of his career, and finally a champion with the Heat. "You dont think about going to the Hall of Fame. Its your reward," Mourning said. "This was the last thing on my mind. I had an amazing career. The journey was spectacular for me, personally. If no one else saw it that way, then so be it." Mourning, 44, will be presented by John Thompson, his coach at Georgetown, and Riley, his coach with the Heat. Thompson and Riley are two of the people who Mourning credits most for making him what he is. The other is Fannie Threet, the foster mother who died last year at the age of 98 and the person who Mourning speaks with more reverence for than anyone else. Thompson, Riley and the woman he still calls "Miss Threet" might seem like three wildly different people, but Mourning sees parallels in them all -- mainly discipline, devotion and a balance between toughness and compassion. Add them up, you get Mourning, who plans to spend his speech thanking just about everyone he can remember. "Its the pinnacle of the sport," Mourning said. "And outside of the birth of my children and winning a championship, its the pinnacle of it all." Anthony Rizzo Blue Jersey . In the Winter Classic they played in front of 105,491 fans, many of whom drove several hours to Michigan Stadium to watch the spectacle amid frigid temperatures. Trevor Cahill Jersey . Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning, Monday night that lifted Atlanta to a wild 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.TORONTO -- The Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact both picked up Canadian strikers as the MLS SuperDraft concluded Tuesday with the third and fourth rounds. The Whitecaps used the first pick of the fourth round -- 58th overall -- to take MacKenzie Pridham, a Toronto-born forward from Cal Poly. The Impact chose Edmonton forward Jordan Ongaro 67th overall from San Diego State. The 23-year-old Pridham is Cal Polys all-time leading scorer with 27 goals and the first to repeat as Big West Offensive Player of the Year since current Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans did it as a UC Irvine standout. Pridham finished sixth among Division I players with 0.70 goals per match, eighth with 14 goals and 10th with 31 points. Those numbers might have been higher had the Mustangs made the NCAA tournament or had Pridham avoided a late-season ankle injury (he was second in NCAA goal-scoring when he went down). Pridham, who trained with Toronto FC last summer, ranks second all-time in Cal Poly points (58) and multi-goal games (five) and eighth in appearances (70). "One of the hardest-working players Ive seen," said Vancouver manager Carl Robinson. "His goal-scoring record (25 goals) over the last two years has been fantastic," he added. "I was pleasantly surprised I was able to pick him up today." The 22-year-old Ongaro led the Pac-12 in goals this season with 10, ranked second in points (21) and goals per match (0.53), and third in points per match (1.11). He was a first-team all-Pac 12 section. The Canadian under-17 and under-20 player is the nephew of Ross Ongaro, a former indoor player and coach of note whose soccer resume includes stints as Canadian beach and futsal coach. The Whitecaps also took a pair of midfielders from the New Mexico Lobos in 22-year-old Ghanaian Michael Kafari, in the third round, and 25-year-old Costa Rican Michael Calderon, in the fourth. Calderon excelled at the recent MLS Combine, ranking second in chances created, according to Opta Sports. The Vancouver draft picks from New Mexico have Whitecaps connections. Both wwere Lobos teammates with midfielder Ben McKendry, a product of the Whitecaps residency program. Ryne Sandberg Cubs Jersey. And Kafari played with Whitecaps midfielder-forward Kekuta Manneh at the Austin Aztex of USL PDL. Robinson said the intel from McKendry on the two Lobos was nothing but positive. "Theyre good players, thats the be-all and end-all of it," Robinson added. He sees the five-foot-eight Calderon as a No. 10, a creative player who can unlock defences. "As a club last year, thats what we missed," he said. Kafari, a more deep-lying midfielder, has a U.S. passport so would count as a domestic player. Calderon counts as an international but Robinson said the player is getting married, which may impact his status. Robinson said he had expected Calderon to go higher in the draft, theorizing that perhaps some were turned off by his age. "It definitely wasnt a turnoff for me because technically you can see he has a lot of attacking qualities in him." Vancouver added a 2014 international spot in a deal that sent a third-round pick, 45th overall, to the Columbus Crew. The Whitecaps have 11 international roster spots, 10 of which are currently being used, through the 2014 season. Robinson said getting the international spot gives the team the security of knowing it can accommodate one of its overseas targets. The Impact picked up forward Pete Caringi from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with their third-round pick. The 21-year-old won the Golden Boot in the PDL in 2013 with 16 goals in 12 games for the Baltimore Bohemians. He played four seasons with the UMBC Retrievers, scoring 37 goals and adding 17 assists in 79 games. "Blessed to be drafted by (at)impactmontreal," tweeted Caringi. Toronto FC, which did not have a third-round pick, selected Rutgers forward Kene Eze in the fourth round, 60th overall, on the New Jersey natives 22nd birthday. Eze led the Scarlet Knights with eight goals this season despite missing six games due to injury. He finished his collegiate career with 22 goals and eight assists. Cheap China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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