NBA legend Alonzo Mourning says becoming a meme is ‘hilarious to sit back and watch’

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  • NBA legend Alonzo Mourning has become one of the most ubiquitous memes on the internet thanks to a clip of him from 2006 that has gone viral.
  • During Miami’s season opener in 2006, Mourning and the reigning champion Heat trailed the Chicago Bulls by 30 points in the fourth quarter of the game.
  • The camera caught Mourning shaking his head in dismay and then slowly nodding, seemingly coming to terms with his team’s situation.
  • The video has become a popular reaction gif on social media.
  • In discussing the GuardianLife-sponsored HORSE shootout with a CUNY basketball player with a disability he participated in last week, Mourning reminisced about his mindset at that moment from 2006 that has since gone viral.
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Alonzo Mourning is undoubtedly an NBA legend. But among young people and internet savvy folks, he may be more famous for his starring role in a popular meme.

Mourning and the reigning champion Miami Heat were trailing the Chicago Bulls by 30 points in the fourth quarter of their 2006-2007 season opener when the cameras caught the eventual Hall of Famer in a somewhat compromised state. His jaw clenched, Mourning shook his head in dismay and frustration before slowly nodding, seemingly coming to terms with his team’s unfortunate start to the year.

The internet has co-opted the clip into

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