Mourning's parents divorced when he was 11 and soon after that he put himself into care. He had a number of foster homes but eventually found a permanent family, where he stayed until he went to university.
The 6'10" (2.08m) tall center played first for the Charlotte Hornets and was a member of the US Dream Team for 1994. He now plays for the Miami Heat.
He spends much of his free time helping at a home for neglected and abused children.
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