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Cuttino Mobley dropped MSG suit in hopes of NBA comeback

Aug 10, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Cuttino Mobley is hoping that dropping a lawsuit against the New York Knicks allows him to finally realize his goal of making an NBA comeback. Mobley sued Knicks’ owner MSG in 2011 while claiming they essentially forced him to retire in order to collect insurance money on his contract, but ESPN’s Jared Zwerling says the 37-year-old decided to drop the lawsuit because it wasn’t going anywhere.

The lawsuit contended moreso that the Knicks acquired Mobley from the Los Angeles Clippers specifically because they knew about his heart condition — hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — and had doctors that would keep him from playing in the NBA, thereby allowing the Knicks to collect insurance money on the remainder of his NBA contract.

“[Cuttino] wants to play again in the NBA. He dropped the case because no team would sign him,” the source said Friday. “He believes he was misdiagnosed by the Knicks and had sued them 2½ years ago. But because [the lawsuit] wasn’t going anywhere, and it was taking too long, he decided to drop it to possibly get in with another team.”

Mobley hasn’t suited up since the Knicks ordeal, competing in his last NBA game on Nov. 19, 2008, but there have been rumors about a possible comeback for the past couple of years. Those rumors are expected to heat up now, too, because Mobley believes the outstanding lawsuit was keeping him from being signed by another NBA team — and not the fact, apparently, that he’s been out of the league for nearly five years and has a heart disease that is known to cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

It’d be nice to see Mobley make a comeback as he was a very entertaining player during his career with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Clippers, but hopefully safety is considered before taking the next step on the comeback trail.

  1. jimsjam33 - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Time to give up your dream of a comeback Cuttino . You had your run and fun in the sun .Basketball is a young man’s game and sometimes it’s hard to cope with the fact that life has passed you on . Enjoy what you have and the memories of the past .

  2. seanb20124 - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Broke already

  3. htownred34 - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I liked him in Houston with Steve Francis they were a solid backcourt…

    • money2long - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      if mobley could have it his way, he’d make it a packaged deal. he and stevie franchise were besties (bff’s) when they played .

  4. shanelsweet - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Hard to find fault with a man who wants to work.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I remember him flying around the baselines in Houston, but I didn’t remember how many points he scored. 16ppg for his career… not bad. A comeback may not be that far fetched.

  6. timb12 - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Ohhh! The lawsuit was the thing that stopped him from playing?!

  7. j0esixpack - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    The lawsuit assured that no team would accept liability for letting him play

    He still needs to play his way onto a team. But since the nba is so watered down perhaps he can

  8. adamsjohn714 - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Why on earth would anybody sign him? He’s really old, showed decline in his play from 5 YEARS AGO, and wasn’t any good when he stopped playing.

    • tuberippin - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      “…wasn’t any good when he stopped playing”

      what?

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        when he retired he wasn’t any good….. It’s hard to believe that 5 years of not playing basketball actually made him better. Unless you’re arguing that he WAS a good NBA player 5 years ago? That, however, would be ludicrous.

  9. vprkilr - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Cuttino also played for the Magic and Raptors too!

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