Just prior to the start of Alonzo Mourning’s annual charitable event Zo’s Summer Groove, the former Heat center and current team executive has found himself in a personal injury lawsuit. Twenty-one-year-old William Candelario claims that Mourning left the scene of a car accident that he was involved in. When Mourning’s sports car collided with Candelario’s Audi, the Audi had already hit another vehicle. Mourning released a statement Wednesday saying that he didn’t cause the accident or any injuries.
The Summer Groove, scheduled to start Friday, will not feature former co-host Dwyane Wade because of the NBA’s rule prohibiting contact between team employees and locked-out players. Comedian Dave Chappelle and artists Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green will attend, though.
As for Wade, the Heat guard recently filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing someone of hacking into his e-mail and Twitter accounts. The lawsuit claims that the alleged hackers took confidential information from Wade. The 2006 NBA Finals MVP is seeking the return of all stolen records and punitive damages.
Second-Round Pick Signs in France
Heat 2009 second-round pick Robert Dozier signed to play with Cholet Basket, a French basketball team. The Heat tendered contract offers to Dozier, 2010 second-round pick Jarvis Varnado and 2011 first-round pick Norris Cole June 29, retaining the NBA rights to all three players. The contract Dozier signed is not expected to have an out clause when the lockout ends.
With the lockout threatening to delay or cancel the 2011-12 season, Dozier made a smart move here. He can take guaranteed money overseas right now instead of hoping to make the 15-man roster in Miami. Without a summer league and the possibility of an abbreviated training camp, Dozier would not have had many opportunities to prove he belongs on the roster.