View Full Version : Why didn't Alonzo Mourning play PF in the 90's instead of Center?

04-11-2012, 03:33 PM
Why didn't Alonzo Mourning play PF in the 90's instead of Center?

I for one think he could have been a more dominant player if he was the starting PF instead of starting Center. He seemed to get in foul trouble at center a lot.

Also had he played PF his career where do you think he would rank all time as a PF and would he had a longer career at PF than he did at center?

04-11-2012, 03:37 PM
Wrong forum

04-11-2012, 03:40 PM
Who cares?

04-11-2012, 03:41 PM
lol im mourning your decision to make this thread

04-11-2012, 03:44 PM
I saw an interview before (roughly about 5 years ago) when they said that when SHAQ came to the league, everybody wanted to be a PF. Now i gotta look for that interview

04-11-2012, 03:47 PM
Who cares?

who is that chick in your Sig? :clap:

04-11-2012, 04:00 PM
He was able to use his quickness to slash and get to the line a ton and it may have helped his defense earlier in his career to play the 4 but its not like he was Amare at the 5 out there. Later in his career when he got ripped, he was a legit Center then.

But it could have been a respect thing, maybe talent on the team. Larry Johnson was the 4 or was that only later in his career?

04-11-2012, 04:01 PM
Because Alonzo mourning is a center not a power forward or was the center I should say

Big Zo
04-11-2012, 04:32 PM
Because he was too good of a center to be a PF.

04-11-2012, 04:38 PM
Simply Georgetown pride. He followed that line, to stamp his own mark in basketball/NBA history.

04-11-2012, 05:56 PM
Center was considered the premier big man position at the time.

04-11-2012, 06:00 PM
LJ was the 4 early in alonzos career in charlotte

When zo got to miami he was ripped he was tooo big and not explosive enough to be a 4

/ thread

04-11-2012, 06:36 PM
It would hurt his offensive game as his quickness would be nullified...

04-11-2012, 06:38 PM
he was a center.... this is a stupid thread, but its jordanbulls so i guess you can just call this a thread.

04-11-2012, 07:54 PM
LJ was the 4 early in alonzos career in charlotte

When zo got to miami he was ripped he was tooo big and not explosive enough to be a 4

/ thread

:laugh2: at your sig

04-11-2012, 08:31 PM
Well, for starters he was playing on a team that already had a great PF in Larry Johnson. He played center in college, and was dominate, so it made sense for him to play it in the NBA, even though he was a couple of inches shorter than guys like Shaq, Hakeem and Robison, but perhaps the most glaring reason was because he was such a great defender than team needed him to play center on defence.

I don't see much difference in PF and centers to be honest. They both need a back-to-the-basket game, they both need to rebound well, and they both need to be good defenders. Maybe the PF steps out to make jump shots more often, but they are essentially the same position accept when you are playing a zone defence.

Its like SF and SG. They are essentially the same position. They both play out on the wing, though SF tend to have more of a post game and are a little bigger, but even the great SGs have a solid post game.

PG is the only position that is unique unto itself. You can run the floor with one PG, two SGs and two PF if you want, or two SF and two PF. But you need a PG on the floor.

But yeah... Alonzo was a great post defender, and great at picking up guys coming down the lane, so center was just the logical position for him to play.

04-11-2012, 09:06 PM
Zo is my favorite player of all time. Was the 1st good player I ever got on a basketball card and I liked the Hornets colors so he immediately became my favorite player as a kid.

04-11-2012, 09:07 PM
That said, he was 6'10", 260 lbs. Too big to be a PF if you ask me. He would be a C again if he came into the league today with the even bigger lack of quality big men today than back in the 90s.

04-11-2012, 09:10 PM
Because that was the best position to maximize his talents. He's one of the greatest defenders in history and his team needed him to be a defender of those great centers of 90's.

04-11-2012, 09:27 PM
Zo F'd up bigtime. His career was a failure, should have been a PF. :rolleyes:

The man was a GREAT center, not good. He was a defensive beast, an intimidating guy on both ends of the floor... Not to mention was VERY strong and loved to bang down low on both ends of the floor. To me, that qualifies for a Center.