Alonzo Mourning is just about done playing 'Very Important Person', as he is reported to decide soon whether he will indeed return next season to play or finally sit back, relax, and sip off a coconut in the beaches of Florida in his pending consideration for retirement. Sportsline writes:
"On April 30, after the 2006 NBA champions were swept from this year's playoffs by the Chicago Bulls, Mourning said he planned to quickly decide about next season. He has a player option worth $2.75 million. Mourning has said his family would be supportive if he chose to play. Now, nearly two months have passed, and his plans are still undetermined."I really haven't decided," Mourning said to one man while taking a quick break from carefully signing basketballs, shirts, hats and photos. "I'm going to make a decision soon. Very soon."The uncertainty over Mourning's future may complicate matters for the Heat, who are preparing for Thursday's draft and the July 1 start of free agency."When Alonzo Mourning is finished being fussed over and worried about, he will finally announce to the media what he has decided upon ever since day one: He will play again. Mourning seems to love the crowd, the intensity, the competition, and the game itself; which is the reason why he came back despite kidney transplant and the wear-and-tear from old age. Of course, there is also a possibility that he may retire given the fact that he already has his coveted-championship ring. The issue at hand however, is that he loves soaking in the rays of speculation and attention from the Miami Heat fans, especially those who love and cherish their marinated veterans. Mourning is to make a decision soon, and it could not have come at a later time as Mourning's contract serves as a hindrance as long as he has yet to decide his return with free agency opening up on July 1. Either way, Mourning will be hanging his jersey with his head held high feeling the love from all Miami fans with a championship ring worn deep within his ring finger. And He could not ask for more.