Although banged up with injuries, Mourning hasn't ruled out return

Updated: June 2, 2008, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- For months, Alonzo Mourning insisted that this season would be his last in the NBA.

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Unless, of course, it isn't.

Mourning, whose season ended when he suffered severe knee and leg injuries in a game last December, said Monday that if his body gets healthy, he'd like to come back and play one more season before finally calling it a career.

"I want to come back and play another year," Mourning said, while appearing at Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor's charity golf event. "I just want to get my body right to do it. I need to get my body where my mind is."

Mourning has said several times previously that a return wasn't out of the question -- but Monday's comments may have been his strongest yet.

It's not entirely up to Mourning; his contract with the Heat ends June 30, and he almost certainly wouldn't want to play for any other team.

"I still, in my mind, feel I can contribute," Mourning said.

The 38-year-old Mourning averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 25 games this season for the Heat.


Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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