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Wednesday McNuggets: Alonzo Mourning heading to Africa, LeBron James takes a dive


There are a couple Heat related topics to go over today, and I'm going to start things off with the one about everybody's all-time favorite Miami player, Alonzo Mourning.  The NBA announced on Tuesday a group of former players and a few coaches that will travel across the world to South Africa as part of the Basketball Without Borders outreach program.  They will visit the African country from September 1st to the 4th.

Mourning will be joined by fellow Georgetown alums Patrick Ewing (assistant coach for the Orlando Magic) and Dikembe Mutombo (international ambassador for the NBA), as well as former NBA players Dee Brown and Jeff Hornacek and coaches Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) and Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets).   Obviously with the lockout going on there can be no current players participating in the program.

Mourning seems to be very excited for the trip, not only because he gets to represent the league but also because he gets to finally visit a place that a good friend of his has (Mutombo) been discussing for years and years.  Here are some comments from Zo on the subject:

"We kind of grew up together and shared the game of basketball with one another.  Outside of the fact that we're having an opportunity to spend some quality time together in a place where Dikembe constantly brags about, bringing his friends back to his home and how we don't come to visit enough, it's an honor and a privilege to be ambassadors for the NBA."

The next thing on my list are some player rankings that showed the Heat some love and I figured I'd share them with you. put together a list of the best 100 players in the NBA and it was headlined by LeBron James who came in at #1.  Dwyane Wade joined King James in the top 5, grabbing the #4 spot, though Chris Bosh was a little farther down the list coming in at #23.  If you want to check out the full list, as well as what they had to say about the Big 3, here is the link.

Finally I've got another LeBron video for you to check out, though this one doesn't have him on a basketball court.  During his recent travels, James visited the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and decided to take a little swim in the pool.  Apparently it took a little convincing, but LeBron finally decided to take a dive off of the platform.  You can find the video below...enjoy!