Alonzo Mourning first thanked all of the usual people when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: his coaches, his teachers, and the foster mother who raised him.
Then he turned to those who made it possible for his unique journey to the sport's highest honor.
With one of the doctors who performed his kidney transplant in attendance, the former Georgetown and Miami Heat star discussed the disease that threatened his life and almost ended his career. He also thanked his cousin-turned-kidney donor, Jason Cooper.
"There was such purpose to my life at that point and I never doubted — no matter how long the odds — that it was...