Future dim in New Jersey

Updated: November 25, 2003, 1:31 AM ET
By Greg Anthony | ESPN Insider
In a season that has gone from bad to worse, the New Jersey Nets have seen the risk they took in signing Alonzo Mourning rewarded with the worst possible outcome Monday.

Alonzo Mourning
It's a sad day in the NBA when one of the league's ultimate warriors has to step away because of an illness. In the end, though, even a player as intimidating as Mourning has to be more concerned for the life he is living than the game he loves. And with a kidney transplant his only hope for survival, it was time to walk away.

It's a troubling scenario for a team struggling with some recent personnel moves that could come back to haunt them, not only this year but also in the future. The potential sale of the franchise and a possible new home are looming, as well, making this a very critical time for a team that just two seasons ago looked to be one of the biggest success stories in professional sports.

Former NBA guard Greg Anthony covers basketball for Insider. He joined ESPN in November 2002 as a studio analyst for the network's NBA coverage. He appears on all of ESPN and ESPN2's NBA studio shows.