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.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.