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.
Apparently, all it takes is a little public discussion of LeBron James‘ “broken” jump shot to get him back on balance and knocking down the three ball — he was 4-of-6 from deep Wednesday.
Then again J.R. Smith was 7-of-13, Kyrie Irving 4-of-5, and as a team the Cavaliers knocked down a record 25 threes — while shooting 55.6 percent — as they wiped the floor with the Hawks in Game 2.
In case you’re curious where the Cavs were hitting from, here’s the team’s shot chart.
The Houston Rockets aren’t in any rush to hire a new head coach, preferring to interview a wide range of candidates to find the right one. Jeff Van Gundy has been widely believed to be at the top of their list, now that Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks are off the market, but ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting another name that has entered the mix: Mike D’Antoni, who last held a head coaching job from 2012 to 2014 with the Lakers and currently serves as the Sixers’ lead assistant.
The Pacers, meanwhile, haven’t made a final decision on Frank Vogel’s future with the team, but all signs seem to point to him getting let go in the next few days. And if that happens, Stein reports that Vogel will also be on Houston’s list of candidates.
Given the Rockets’ massive drop-off on the defensive end this season, Vogel would seem to be a better fit than D’Antoni. But it sounds like the Rockets aren’t close to finding a replacement for J.B. Bickerstaff, although it would make sense to have a new coach in place by next month’s draft.
On Monday, the Hawks played the Cavaliers close and even led in the fourth quarter, leading plenty of optimism that Game 2 would be equally competitive, that the Hawks had something to build on.
The Cavs dominated from the start on Wednesday, with a 123-98 final score that was far closer than the game actually was — the Cavs led 74-36 at the half and led by as much as 38 at one point in the second half.
The Cavs also hit 25 three-pointers, which is the all-time record for a single game — regular season or playoffs. J.R. Smith hit seven of them, along with four each from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and three for Kevin Love.
18 of Cleveland’s threes came in the first half, also a playoff record, and this was all Atlanta could do:
That’s the kind of night it was for the Hawks, who now trail 2-0 in the series as it heads back to Atlanta.
LeBron James has always been an incredible passer. In the midst of the Cavs’ Game 2 beatdown of the Hawks, he zipped this one-handed beauty into the paint to Kyrie Irving, who kicked it out to Kevin Love for a corner three:
The three was just one of the 18 Cleveland hit in the first half, which set an NBA playoff record.