Alonzo Mourning, American Athlete ( February 8, 1970 - )

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Tough times don't last, but tough people do. And I've been through some tough times, and I know a lot of people can recall tough times, and maybe are going through some tough times right now, but they don't last.~Alonzo Mourning

Tough Times People Tough

I had to develop the mentality and stay positive about making my comeback.~Alonzo Mourning

Positive Comeback Stay

I'm excited about what the future will bring and I think the best is yet to come.~Alonzo Mourning

Best Future Think

There's a disappointment there because I still feel there's an emptiness in my career that just wasn't filled.~Alonzo Mourning

Disappointment Career Feel

I feel that each and every one of us as individuals has a responsibility to one another. None of us would be here without the help of someone else - whether it be guardians, teachers, parents, relatives, etc. - someone contributed to your well being as a person. We're all connected in so many different ways.~Alonzo Mourning

Parents Responsibility

A win is a win, regardless of how you look at it.~Alonzo Mourning

Win Look You

I am reaching a point in my life where the basketball chapter in my life is slowly closing from a competition standpoint.~Alonzo Mourning

Life I Am Competition

I think in every lesson there's a blessing, and there's so many blessings from all the lessons I've had to go through in life.~Alonzo Mourning

Life Blessings Blessing

I know that all good things must come to an end and I've had an incredible ride. I just want to end it on the right note.~Alonzo Mourning

Good End Good Things

If we all make a concerted effort and try to improve the life of someone else, then this world would be a better place to live in.~Alonzo Mourning

Life World Effort

I was hurting. I had some ailments I was dealing with. It's not like I was holding out.~Alonzo Mourning

Like Some Holding

Once my doctor began treating my kidney disease, my greatest challenge was the constant exhaustion. Fortunately, my doctor explained that anemia was causing my exhaustion and that people with serious illnesses, like kidney disease, may be at increased risk for anemia.~Alonzo Mourning

May Challenge Greatest

When the new ownership came in, they made some decisions I wasn't pleased with. And when they changed the whole aspect of it, I just totally lost interest.~Alonzo Mourning

Decisions Lost New

I've got to make some decisions just like any other player that has ever played this game, that eventually the clock stops, their basketball clock stops.~Alonzo Mourning

Decisions Game Basketball

I had individuals in my life to help me make the right decisions because it wasn't about them accepting handouts. It was about them making the right decisions for me.~Alonzo Mourning

Life Decisions My Life

If I would have listened to other people back in 2000 telling me I should have stopped playing basketball because of a kidney disease, I wouldn't have won a world championship.~Alonzo Mourning

World People Me

You can play a particular sport as long as you take good care of your body and you're confident enough and still have that hunger to where you want to be a part of an organization, a group of individuals where you feel you can contribute to the success of that team.~Alonzo Mourning

Success Good Team

I listen to myself, I listen to my body, my mind; I follow my heart.~Alonzo Mourning

Myself Heart Mind

There's nobody else on the face of this earth that's playing a sport at a highest level... with a transplant. That alone continues to inspire me, because I realize throughout the whole world the struggles that people are going through. I need to inspire them the best way I can.~Alonzo Mourning

Best Alone World

My health is the No. 1 concern and my longevity is the No. 1 concern.~Alonzo Mourning

Health Longevity Concern

I want to live 50 more years. I'm 33 years old... and I want to live to at least be 80 and see my kids grow up and see my grandkids. That's important to me.~Alonzo Mourning

Me Important Live

I have an incredible amount of basketball knowledge, and I think a lot of that is derived from having a Hall of Fame college basketball coach who was very knowledgeable of the game and I had a great high school coach who was also very knowledgeable.~Alonzo Mourning

Knowledge School Great

I can still play this game at a high level; I've proven that. I want to be home. I want to be close to my family. I want to be close to my foundation and my business interests.~Alonzo Mourning

Family Business Home

I've got to worry about Alonzo Mourning, because a year or two ago there was a chance that Alonzo Mourning wouldn't be standing here talking to you. That's the cold reality of it.~Alonzo Mourning

Reality Chance Worry

I feel like in America, we don't have a kid problem. You think about all these issues that these kids are dealing with, we have an adult problem. We have adults that do not place the priority on our kids to get a valuable education.~Alonzo Mourning

Education America Problem

So many people feel that once you reach a certain age then it's time for you to retire from a sport you love. I don't think that's true at all. I think age should not dictate that.~Alonzo Mourning

Love Time Age