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Mourning to get kidney

Transplant will reportedly take place on Friday

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Less than a month after retiring from the NBA, Alonzo Mourning is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery Friday in New York, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Mourning retired from the New Jersey Nets on Nov. 24 because of complications from the kidney disease focal glomerulosclerosis.

He has been searching for a matching kidney donor since, receiving offers from potential donors. The Herald, citing two unidentified sources, said it was believed Mourning is receiving a kidney from one of those donors.

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Mourning's doctor could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for the Nets had no information on Mourning's medicalcondition.

"I don't have any answers on that," agent Jeff Weschler said. "Alonzo has kept that between him and his doctor."

Mourning was diagnosed with the kidney ailment after returning from the Sydney Olympics in the fall of 2000.

He tried to continue playing, appearing in 88 games for the Miami Heat before signing a four-year contract with the Nets last summer.

He played in only 12 games for New Jersey before announcing his retirement.

"It's unfortunate but, trust me, things could be a whole lot worse," he said.

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