Earlier today, Cuttino Mobley of the New York Knicks announced his retirement from the NBA due to a pre-existing heart condition. Mobley was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Knicks, along with Tim Thomas, on November 21. Knicks doctors examined Mobley after the trade and refused to clear him for NBA action as a result of a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (enlarged hear), the same condition that claimed the lives of former Celtic Reggie Lewis and former Loyola Marymount standout Hank Gathers, leaving him little choice but to announce his retirement. It's unfortunate but it's for the best.
Being a lifelong NBA fan and having lived in Los Angeles during Mobley's time with the Clippers, I am deeply saddened to learn of his health problems, but am please to hear about his decision. At just 33 years of age, Cuttino Mobley still has most of his life ahead of him.
At the tail end of a solid 11-year career with the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers, "Cat" scored 11,964 points (16 ppg), grab near 3,000 rebounds and dish out more than 2,000 assists in 747 games, this is the correct decision. There is no need for Mobley to risk his life to log another season or two.
He may not have been a superstar, but he was a damn good NBA player and a true professional. In the past decade, never was his name linked to any story that did not pertain to basketball. Cuttino Mobley showed up for work and pulled his weight every game. He didn't run afoul of the law and never threw his teammates under the bus. Cuttino Mobely was a solid pro.
Cat, Congratulations on a fantastic NBA career. You've done the right thing. As you close this chapter of your life, I'd like to wish you nothing but the best.