Alonzo Mourning: Nelson Mandela’s life should be praised years to come


alonzo-mourning-mandelaFormer NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning has expressed his views regarding the recently passed ex-South African president Nelson Mandela, according to NBA official website.
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Mandela died at the age of 95, following long illness on Dec. 5. Mandela was taken to hospital on June 8 for lung infection. His lung troubles date back to the 27 years he spent in prison.

Many former NBA players spoke about Mandela after his passing, aside from Alonzo Mourning.

As part of NBA Cares program, Mourning spoke about Mandela, recalling himself being part of the first Basketball without Borders NBA Cares tour, over to South Africa.

“When I think of Mandela, I think of sacrifice. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is important that we commemorate his life, because it teaches all the people how to live,” Mourning said.

“The young people can understand what he had to go through in order to stimulate positive changes,” Mourning said. “This man’s life should be praised years, years, and years to come.”

Mourning is considered one of the best centers of the 90’s in the NBA, where he played a total of 16 seasons. He appeared in 838 games (686 started), averaging 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg in 31 minutes of playing time.

Mourning was named a defensive player of the year 2 times, an All-Star 7 times, and won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

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