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Doctor: Mourning's labs 'went haywire'

Updated: November 25, 2003, 8:54 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Alonzo Mourning's kidney disease caused his body chemistry to go so "haywire" that he was in danger of having a heart attack if he continued to play basketball.

Mourning was packing for a West Coast trip when he got that news from his doctor, who said it was time for the New Jersey Nets center to leave the game.

"There's a disappointment there because I still feel there's an emptiness in my career that just wasn't filled," Mourning told John Thompson, his former ...

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