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Cuttino Mobley
Cuttino Mobley
Position: None
Born: 09/01/75
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Cuttino Mobley has agreed to dismiss his amended complaint against Madison Square Garden over the heart condition that resulted in his 2008 retirement, according to court documents filed Friday. Both sides agreed to have the case dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning Mobley’s claims against the Knicks and their parent company cannot be brought again. No court costs or legal fees are due either side, the attorneys agreed in papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
He doesn’t like to view this as a comeback because he didn’t really leave the game on his own terms. When he announced his retirement in December of 2008, it was because he didn’t think he had any other choice. He had just been diagnosed with a heart ailment called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the same illness that took the lives of Reggie Lewis and Hank Gathers in the 1990s. He assumed that his basketball career was over, but he later learned that’s not necessarily the case. Mobley has been evaluated by doctors since then and has been cleared to play. He wants everyone around the NBA to realize that he’s medically able to resume his career. “I have the records that show it, I’ve passed my physical and nothing has changed since I came into the league as far as my body goes,” Mobley said. “It’s just about what team is going to take the chance or look at the evidence first, to put it that way. It’s like CSI. Look at the evidence first.”
The 37-year-old recently worked out for NBA teams and hopes to be on a roster next season, but he doesn’t like to characterize his potential return to the NBA as a comeback. He prefers to look at this as just his latest stint in the league. “I haven’t gone nowhere,” Mobley told HOOPSWORLD. “I’ve been in shape. I’m maybe six or seven pounds over my playing weight. That’s 222 and I haven’t played in, what, four and a half years? I’m a very disciplined person. I played every game and averaged 40 minutes. Comeback? Eh, I mean, if you want to call it that… I think I can still go a little bit.”
Cuttino Mobley hasn’t played in an NBA game since November 19, 2008. However, the 37-year-old is hoping to change that next season. Mobley is looking to attempt an NBA comeback after retiring nearly five years ago due to the heart ailment hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. On May 31, ASM Sports will be holding a pro-day for their draft prospects as well as their veteran free agents. Mobley will be one of the free agents participating in the veteran sessions, according to the agency.
Cuttino Mobley’s lawsuit against the Knicks claiming discrimination in their diagnosis of a career-threatening heart condition was thrown out of court. Judge Deborah A. Batts of the South District of New York granted a motion to dismiss the disability discrimination lawsuit, ruling Mobley did not prove he could perform his job after the Knicks’ diagnosis. Mobley never played a game for the Knicks after they obtained him in a November 2009 trade along with Tim Thomas. Mobley argued the Knicks rendered the diagnosis so as to save money on his salary and clear up cap space.
A federal judge Wednesday dismissed Cuttino Mobley’s lawsuit against Madison Square Garden for forcing him to retire from the Knicks in 2008, soon after being acquired, because of a heart condition. Deborah A. Batts, a federal district court judge in Manhattan, said that Mobley had not proven he could perform his job after he received a diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle that can make the heart work harder to pump blood, from his doctors. Batts wrote that the Knicks did not have to accommodate Mobley by letting him play with a defibrillator implanted to shock his heart to life if it stopped. If the Knicks believed his condition “posed a direct threat to him,” Batts said, “they were not required to engage in the accommodation process.”
Former NBA guard Cuttino Mobley has filed a lawsuit against Madison Square Garden, accusing the New York Knicks of pressuring him to retire in 2008 as a way to save money. Mobley retired because of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease, shortly after the Knicks acquired him from the Los Angeles Clippers. He knew he had an irregularity with the heart, but an MRI exam revealed the more serious condition.
“Although we understand Cuttino Mobley’s frustration with the effects of his illness, we are extremely disappointed in his recent actions,” a Knicks spokesman said. “When the Knicks obtained Cuttino in November of 2008, the team fully expected him to be our starting shooting guard. It was a significant set-back to our team when we learned he would not be able to play following initial reports from his physical. The team and Cuttino agreed he would then see top experts, including doctors at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and additional experts, for various opinions.”
Mobley claims the Knicks pulled that stunt to save money in payments toward the NBA’s “luxury tax” for teams with high payrolls, and also to clear “room under the salary cap in their request to retain the services of other [marquee] players.” “Mobley’s career was effectively ended,” says the disability discrimination suit in Manhattan federal court filed by the retired journeyman guard, who before being signed by the Knicks in 2008 had played for the Los Angeles Clippers, leading them to within a game of the Western Conference Finals in 2006.He also played for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings.
We caught up with Mobley after the game to discuss his three-year quest to return to the NBA. Mobley discussed his frustration with the New York Knicks, whom he feels unfairly precipitated his retirement, NBA labor issues and his newest cause: trying to open a marijuana dispensary in Providence, RI and educating the public on the issue. Mobley says medical marijuana is about compassion and health. He feels passionately that the biggest hurdle in framing the conversation is the stigma carried by marijuana, one he feels historically has racial overtones and is widely misunderstood.
Mobley’s agent, Andy Miller, was able to find two jobs for him last year. Mobley turned down an opportunity to play for a team in Poland. He also had a shot to play for a team in the NBA Development League, but the two sides were not able to make it happen. “They gave a laundry list of things that we needed to do, protocol, of things that needed to be done to put him in a position that they would be willing to offer him a contract and the list and the demand within the list, they were too cumbersome,” Miller said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “It had to do more with I think the league trying to protect themselves with regard to exposure, if God forbid something should ever happen to Cat.”
“It’s a lot of different variations of HCM,” Mobley said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “Me playing 40 minutes a game for 11 years straight at a very high level. “Mine is not serious at all. As you can see 11 years of playing and still playing three years later after they said you shouldn’t play. You shouldn’t run. You shouldn’t do this. You shouldn’t play that. A lot of different things they said you shouldn’t do.”
Former NBA guard Cuttino Mobley, who retired in 2008 because of a heart ailment, would like another shot at playing in the NBA. Mobley played for 11 years with four NBA teams, but was forced to leave the game after he was traded by the L.A. Clippers to the New York Knicks. After a routine physical following the trade, Mobley was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is the same condition that led to the deaths of basketball players Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis.
Mobley said he is not happy with the way the Knicks handled his situation in 2008. “At first I was cool with it because I didn’t do research on it, but then doing research and getting different opinions, then I became upset because the corporation, the big company trying to get as much money as they can and do different things like that, for me I don’t think that was right,” Mobley said. “You either waive me, you don’t take me in, you let me go somewhere else, let me create my own destiny like I did in 1999 when I came to the Rockets. Let me create my own decisions. Don’t make the decisions for me, clogging my heads with different things. “I’m not upset now because I know it’s a business and that’s how they treat it as a business, but it’s two and a half, three years I haven’t played. It’s been a waste.”
Since Mobley retired from the NBA, he has pursued altruistic opportunities (funded an AAU team in Philadelphia; built a basketball court in Africa, established a foundation in Philadelphia that helps single mothers and homeless kids) and has also explored wellness-type business ideas, such as opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Rhode Island. Why Rhode Island? That’s where he starred for the University of Rhode Island college basketball team in the 1990s and is a state “…that helped him at a vulnerable time in his life, this state that saw him go from a young, unstructured kid to someone who grabbed the basketball dream and has made the most of it.”
Cuttino “Cat” Mobley, whose NBA career was cut short by a heart condition as he was heading into his 12th season, is back to playing the real estate game. For the past four years, Mobley has been trying to sell his home in the Beverly Hills real estate market without much luck. Now, it looks like Mobley’s home is back on the market for $3.1 million, a huge price drop from the $3,995,000 listing price back in September 2007 and less than his purchase price of $3,650,000 in 2005. Luxury homes are not immune to the drama of today’s real estate market—median Beverly Hills home values have dropped 4.7 percent.
He says he got interested in the field of wellness both through his own medical condition and those of other people close to him, and adds that the health field is one of the fastest growing in the country. Mobley told Reynolds that the proposed dispensary is just one element of a larger plan to “get more involved in Rhode Island,” where he starred for the University of Rhode Island in the mid-1990s — “this state that helped him at a vulnerable time in his life, this state that saw him go from a young, unstructured kid to someone who grabbed the basketball dream and has made the most of it.” Before he can open up shop, Mobley will first have to secure a license, which could prove tricky — Rhode Island state law allows the state Department of Health to authorize between one and three dispensaries, and 18 license applications have already been filed, according to Reynolds’ Journal colleague Tracy Breton. And even if he gets the license, there’s still some question as to when exactly anybody will actually be allowed to operate a dispensary.