NBRPA MEMBERS Mourning & Richmond inducted into Hall of Fame

August 17, 2014

NBRPA members Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond and former commissioner David Stern will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday, joining the ranks of the legendary players, coaches and basketball figures enshrined there.

Nicknamed “Zo,” after being taken with the second pick of the 1992 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, Mourning spent most of his 15-year career with the Miami Heat. Along the way, he earned a slew of accolades including seven All-Star selections, two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and a 2006 NBA Title. His number, 33, was the first ever to be retired by the Miami Heat, and Mourning holds the all-time franchise record for blocks.

(Alonzo Mourning top-10 plays)

Off the court, Mourning has been heavily involved philanthropically, establishing multiple charities both on his own and in partnership with other athletes. In 1997, he founded Alonzo Mourning Charities Inc. in an effort to help children and families living in at-risk situations. Later, he established Zo’s Fund for Life to raise funds for glomerulosclerosis, a condition Mourning was diagnosed with. Then, in 2003 he launched Overtown Youth Center in Miami to inspire kids in the area to reach for their dreams. In 2007, Mourning teamed up with other high-profile athletes like Mia Hamm and Cal Ripken Jr. to found Athletes for Hope, an organization that promotes the philanthropic activities of athletes and inspires people to volunteer.

Congratulations, Zo! We are incredibly proud of all you have accomplished.

When Mitch Richmond gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, he’ll be bringing the city of Sacramento with him.

After being selected with the fifth pick of the 1988 draft, Richmond played three seasons with the Golden State Warriors under legendary coach Don Nelson. There, he played with Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin, and together they became known as “Run TMC.” They were the highest-scoring trio during the 1990-91 season.

The Kings star played seven seasons in California’s capital.  He led the squad in scoring every year and was elected to the All-Star team six times while wearing a Kings uniform.

(Mitch Richmond's top-10 plays)

After leaving Sacramento, Richmond would go on to win an NBA title with the 2002 Los Angeles Lakers.  He was also a member of the Bronze-winning 1988 Olympic team and took home a gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The number 2 is retired by the Kings in his honor, and Kansas State, Richmond’s alma mater, retired his number 23.

Congratulations, Mitch! We are incredibly proud of all you have accomplished.

David Stern positively changed the NBA in countless ways over his 30 years as the league’s commissioner.

An ardent supporter of the NBRPA since it’s inception, Stern deserves credit for consistently supporting our members and for increasing the NBA’s mainstream popularity. From 1984 to 2014, Stern oversaw the NBA’s development as well as the inception of the NBRPA and the WNBA.

During his tenure, six NBA franchises (Clippers, Kings, Grizzlies, Nets, Hornets and SuperSonics) relocated. Additionally, seven new teams were created (Hornets, Timberwolves, Heat, Magic, Grizzlies, Raptors and Bobcats).

Stern undoubtedly deserves credit for broadening the audience of professional basketball, and without his hard work and dedication to the league, the NBA would not be where it is today.

Congratulations, Mr. Stern! We are incredibly proud of all you have accomplished.

Other 2014 Hall of Fame inductees include: Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers, Nolan Richardson, Gary Williams and the Immaculata University Women’s Team (1972-74)