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Mourning career likely over after knee injury

Miami Heat's center Alonzo Mourning watches the screen during his NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Miami, Florida, March 18, 2007. Mourning has probably played his last game in the NBA after suffering a serious knee injury in what is his final season with the team. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning has probably played his last game in the NBA after suffering a serious knee injury in what is his final season with the team.

The 37-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn patella tendon and a torn quadriceps tendon in his right knee, injuries he suffered in the defeat to Atlanta on Wednesday.

The seven-times All-Star, a member of the Heat’s championship winning team in 2006, will miss the rest of the season, the team said.

Mourning had retired in 2003 due to a kidney disease but returned to the game after undergoing a successful transplant.

The team’s all-time leader in points scored, he has appeared in all 25 games this season, and has averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.68 blocks in 15.6 minutes per game.

Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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