Bag It, Alonzo

by Marcel Mutoni

Yup, you guessed it: The guy is talking about playing basketball again someday. Oy.

When Alonzo Mourning’s right knee gave out in gruesome fashion about a month ago, effectively terminating his season, most (including ‘Zo himself) figured his career was done.

Hold on just a sec there partner, says Mourning.

“I have not retired at all,” Mourning, 37, said before Monday’s game against Cleveland.

“I’m happy and I’m focused right now on my recovery, and I really haven’t thought too much about basketball … (When) I get over that hurdle, then I’m going to be able to make a decision whether or not I’m going to be able to play ball again.”

Last week I talked about how competition is a drug for pro athletes, and this is exactly the sort of thing I was referring to.

Lay off the drug, Zo. You had a good run. It’s over. Besides, have you seen Heat games of late? That’s not something you want to be part of.