Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cuttino Mobley To Retire Due To Enlarged Heart Condition

Cuttino Mobley is close to retiring because of an enlarged heart condition:

Cuttino Mobley is strongly mulling a medical retirement because of an enlarged heart condition and could make the announcement tomorrow, according to a person familiar with the situation. Mobley, 33, still has one more heart test left today in Minnesota. It had been reported that Mobley had signed a waiver with the Clippers to release them of liability if he had heart problems. If Mobley, obtained in the Zach Randolph trade from the Clippers, retires, it would free open a roster spot and save the Knicks about 75 percent of the $18. 9 million left on his pact because of insurance. Mobley, who gets all the money, was obtained more for his contract that expires after next season than for his game. According to the source, Mobley helped initiate the extra testing following his failed physical. "He's not really focused on basketball, his main concern is his health," the source said.

I definitely wish Mobley the best with dealing with his enlarged heart condition. It is probably best for Mobley to retire rather than risk putting his life in jeopardy. Throughout his career, Mobley has averaged 16.0 points a game and in his prime was one of the better 3-point shooters in the game, where he ranks 73rd all time at 37.8%. Mobley is also known for stepping his offensive game up when facing Kobe Bryant, since they are familiar with each other with both of them being from the Philadelphia area. Mobley attended the University of Rhode Island, which also happens to be my alma mater. So you know I'll be rooting for Cat Mobley to stay in good health.

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