by Brett Edwards
Anyone else think Alonzo Mourning is living a little too strong these days? To borrow the phrase from those wildly popular bracelets, there is a difference between "living strong" and being a genetically altered super athlete through the use of drugs. Before you freak out that I am accusing Zo and fellow super-human Lance Armstrong of doping to gain a competitive advantage, allow me to explain.
Alonzo and Lance both went through life threatening situations, one a kidney transplant and the other cancer. No one I'm sure would choose to go through either of these things. The fact remains though, that to recover from either of these afflictions, the athletes had no choice but to take massive amounts of drugs to allow their bodies to heal. Drugs that no other person in their respective sport were able to take.
Mourning is now actually benefiting from going through the kidney transplant, much the way Lance Armstrong benefited from beating cancer: the drugs they had to take to get better have ALTERED their
blood composition/genetic makeup, allowing them to perform at ridiculous levels. Mourning is arguably a better player this season than he was the two seasons prior to the operation, and Armstrong's 28 Tour de France wins in a row are, well, cartoonish.
I'm sure Zo would trade the success he is having for his old kidney, and I'm sure Lance would trade his success for his other ball back. But let's stop saying what a miracle it is, as it's basically an accepted form of steroids that both of these guys have used to get back to the top of their sport.