"I apologize," Mourning said in his first public discussion of the Dec. 17 trade which made him a Raptor — at least theoretically—and sent Vince Carter to New Jersey. "That was my main purpose of not stepping foot in Toronto at all, not to raise anyone's hopes or anything like that.
"They knew before the trade even happened, they were made aware by (Nets general manager) Rod Thorn, that if (they made) this trade, there (was) a strong, strong possibility Alonzo Mourning won't even report.
"It wasn't foreign to them, they adopted a problem. I didn't cause it at all. They knew what they were getting into."
"I'm 35 years old and I've been a part of rebuilding teams and considering my health situation, I didn't want to be in a situation where I was going to waste my time out on the court," Mourning said.
Zo is a JERK. They really should have just suspended him, instead of buying out his contract."I want a reward for my efforts and I'm not saying Toronto didn't have the talent to get into the playoffs, especially if I had come there to contribute but it's not about getting into the playoffs for me any more. I'm at a stage in my career where I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to do this so if I do it, I want to do it on a level where I can see a reward at the end of it."