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.
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“But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs.
“There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”
That’s very Kobe Bryant of you to turn that into fuel. Defining the MVP Award is an annual discussion that nobody agrees on.
I could get into how Harden was the old-school, traditional stats MVP, how that ignores how Steve Kerr used Curry, and how that opened up the Warriors’ offense to championship levels. Curry put up numbers, but he was also the distraction, the bright star that Kerr used to open up looks for Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and others. Curry’s strength was not just what he did with the ball in his hands, but his gravity to draw defenders even when he didn’t. Did the Warriors stay healthier than the Rockets? No doubt. Should Curry be penalized for that?
It’s simple for Harden — if he can put up those numbers again, if he can be the fulcrum of a top offense, he will be in the discussion for MVP again. And, if he can lead the Rockets beyond the conference finals, nobody will talk about that MVP snub anyway.