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Rockets Knew of Mobley's Heart Problem Since Age 23

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  1. glynch

    glynch Contributing Member

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    Mobley's heart condition re-examined

    Alan Hahn
    2:28 PM EDT, May 26, 2009

    When it comes to matters of the heart, the truth is often seen in different perspectives. Cuttino Mobley was willing to play, regardless of his condition. Four NBA teams, it has been revealed, were willing to let him play, regardless of his condition.

    And the Knicks decided not to let him play, because of his condition, but they accepted a trade with the Clippers that included him in it last November because when it comes to matters of the salary cap, you do whatever it takes to get the quickest relief. And jettisoning Zach Randolph's bloated contract was more important than anything else.

    On Sunday, ESPN's Outside the Lines revisited the Mobley story, which played out over a three-month span this season, and eventually got Mobley to admit, on camera, that he was aware of the severity of his heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and disputed the previous notion that the MRI tests ordered by the Knicks showed his condition had worsened.

    But the trade still did, in fact, save his life. Sort of. The truth is, Mobley says, the fact that the condition was made public is what put an end to his career.

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    "Now it's a big uproar," Mobley told ESPN's Mark Schwarz. "If this is national, and they find out Cuttino Mobley is passed away and the NBA knew about it? I can understand, business-wise, you don't want that on your conscience. That's not something you want and I so understand that."

    Mobley says he learned about the condition when he was a 23-year-old rookie with the Houston Rockets and that he signed waivers with all four teams that he played with – the Rockets, Magic, Kings and Clippers – to absolve the teams of any responsibility as a result of Mobley's decision to play despite his condition. But former Rockets GM Carroll Dawson told ESPN, on camera, that he never knew Mobley was playing with a life-threatening condition.

    "Nobody ever thought of Cuttino dying," Dawson told ESPN.

    The Knicks did and, therefore, decided against letting him play. Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who was not made available for the Outside the Lines piece, waived the physical and went ahead with the trade mainly to dump Randolph's salary, which still has two years and over $33 million left. Walsh could have rescinded the trade and renegotiated with Clippers GM/coach Mike Dunleavy to include another player, but there was a risk that the sides would not be able to find an alternative, which would have blown up the deal.

    No, it was more important to cash in on the $17.3 million in savings on the books in 2010-11. That deal, along with sending Jamal Crawford to Golden State for Al Harrington on the same day, saved the Knicks $27 million in payroll in 2010-11. It officially gave the Knicks the ability to be major players in the heralded 2010 free agency sweepstakes.

    And Walsh saw value in Mobley, despite the fact that it left a gaping hole at the shooting guard position as a result of the Crawford trade. There was an outside shot that the Knicks could have convinced the NBA that they should be awarded a Disabled Player Exception, which would mean they could acquire a player for half of Mobley's salary (about $4.4 million). The league denied it.

    But the Knicks, as Newsday reported in January, were able to get 80 percent of Mobley's contract paid by insurance, which makes it still a commodity. Though he has retired, the Knicks have yet to officially waive him, which means they can include him in a future trade. A team can acquire Mobley's contract, which has one year left, with the knowledge that insurance will cover most of the cost.

    Outside the Lines tried to admonish the Knicks for essentially using Mobley as a pawn in the 2010 Plan, but, quite frankly, when it comes to matters of rebuilding a long, lost franchise, you have to be creative.

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-sphahn0527,0,6672308.column
     
  2. GlenRice

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    yeah saw this on OTL on espn and wanted to start a new thread but couldn't.
     
  3. DcProWLer277

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    You can now...
     
  4. Strawman

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    Why would he put his life in danger knowingly for so long.
     
  5. mac_got_this

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    money. its no different than athletes putting their lives in danger whem they knowingly inject steroids into their bodies. At least now he isnt putting his life in danger, cuz 33 is stil a playable age in the league
     
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    For the bewbs and bullion, of course!
     
  7. Baqui99

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    Mobley actually had a pretty productive career, so it's not like Walsh denied him of his dream of playing in the NBA. It sucks that his stint in the league was cut short though. Seems like he's still got a few good seasons left.
     
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    those of you that took mobley in the mobley/dickerson debates: take a bow.
    those of you that took mobley in the mobley/anderson debates: take a bow.
    those of you that took mobley in the mobley/francis debates: take a bow.
     
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    http://bbs.clutchfans.net/showthread.php?t=26983

    :p
     
  10. thacabbage

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    PS: for the newer folks in the group, the infamous mobley/dickerson debates and corollary mobley/anderson debates made today's lowry/brooks debate seem like the decision of starting hakeem or richard petruska.
     
  11. rockbox

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    Mobley was my favorite Rockets player outside Dream. The dude was all heart (no pun intended). I remember the year when he average over 20 a game on two bum ankles.
     
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    Goes to show you, he was a great player playing at a solid level even with the constant danger of dying right there on the court.

    Quite possibly the best player of the post Dream era and before Yao was drafted.
     
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    Ironic enough, he was known for playing so much with his heart.
     
  14. mac_got_this

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    You dont remember Francis
     
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    rockbox Around before clutchcity.com

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    Many members like myself thought that Mobley was better than Francis and Francis was holding Cat back.

    Mobley had it all, a 3 point shot, a mid range game, a post game, a killer first step, and he played defense. He was the ultimate secondary scorer.
     
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    Mobley was the PG of the Rockets before Francis.

    plus you can argue that Steve's career sucked without Cuttino.

    Cuttino's game was solid, he and Sam Cassell helped the Clippers make the 2nd round of the playoffs!
     
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    I actually hated mobley's shot selection. He then seemed to mature a bit after a couple of years. Afterwards I preferred him over francis taking the shots.
     
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    I'm just happy that Cat was able to make some money playing basketball.
     
  19. saleem

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    I always loved Mobley. He wasn't as talented as Steve and was a very good complementary player. He succeeded after gaining maturity through the years,even after losing half a step. Moving from PG to his natural SG position made it easier for him to make it in the league. Steve was also a fighter like the Cat,but he was a scoring PG who couldn't adjust after losing his athletic ability.
     
  20. tycoonchip

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    Loved Mobley he was the one person that I had wanted to come back as a Rocket. He was a great three point shooter and would have loved to see him come off the bench to play the two and knock those open three's. I definitely would have trusted him to shoot the three more than luther head and alston all those years.
     

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