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Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at 5:08 pm  |  16 responses

Cat Mobley Wants Back in the NBA

Mobley tells Yahoo!’s Marc Spears that he made a rushed decision to retire in 2008. But Cat, now 35, says he’s been playing four days a week and could come off the bench for an NBA team: “‘I just want to come in and kind of help out for 10, 15 minutes [per game] if I could,’ Mobley said. ‘And if they wanted to give me a test with three to four different doctors and have me go through some type of process, I’m all for it. I just want to let people know they shouldn’t be afraid of me and what could happen to me. A lot of people are saying, ‘Why do you want to play? We are afraid for you.’ No, you’re afraid for yourselves. You’re not afraid for me. Believe me, I’m fine.’ Mobley said he should have been more patient and sought additional medical opinions before announcing his retirement. The New York Knicks acquired Mobley in the trade that sent Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Clippers, but he never played a game for them. Mobley previously knew he had an irregularity with his heart, but the Knicks’ physical showed the condition had worsened. ‘They tried to do the best that they thought they could do for me,’ Mobley said. ‘It kind of shocked me. Instead of months to really think about it, I had a day or two. [The Knicks] said, ‘No you can’t play,’ and they literally took me up to Boston and the Boston doctor said, ‘No, he can’t play.’ I’m like, ‘Wait, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Listen man, it’s OK.’ He said, ‘No, I’ve seen this.’ He was so adamant about this. It was a quick decision to say, ‘Oh damn, I guess I got to stop playing.’ When I got home I said, ‘You’ve been doing this for 11 years. You could do this. It’s just a bump.’ It’s no disrespect to anyone else, but it was a quick decision and the decision wasn’t a good one because I’ve been playing since.’”

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  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    So uh….. did you see other doctors or did you sorta just make this up?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Usually after spending years away, coming back doesn’t work out too well.. J.Bender, A. Hardaway come to mind, im sure theres others in recent years that im forgetting..

  • max

    @bossterry your forgot MJ…

  • http://www.scoutingthesports.com Nick

    Much love for Cat as a houston guy, but put your life first–playing four times a week is not NBA intensity…

  • The Philosopher

    He has been playing four days a week.
    Has he been traveling cross country to different time zones?
    Has he had jet lag?
    Has he had any type of extra stress outside of the actual basketball activity? (which is not NBA level)

  • The Philosopher

    He says that teams are worried for themselves.
    Does that mean that they are worried that if something happens to him on their watches, they hold any and all liability, and monetary compensation to his family?
    Mobley should know the game. I’m sure he does.

  • MikeC.

    It’ll all come down to whether or not his condition can be covered by insurance, unless he agrees to 1 year, non-guaranteed contracts until he’s done. No team will take the chance if he can’t be insured and he’s looking for a guaranteed deal.

  • LD

    I bet he thinks he would be a great fit in Miami or Boston like all the other players coming out of retirement think.

  • The Philosopher

    I hope he makes it back, though.

  • Yesse

    Well, i hope to see him back. The last time i heard was, that the doctors were not gonna let him play.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Somewhere out there is a ticket to China with Steve Francis waiting at the airport with open arms.

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc

    Michael Dickerson was in the Algerian Division II last year…

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …hopefully better judgment prevails and Cuttino isn’t putting his body through the rigors of pro ball anytime soon

  • Hammer

    Can any1 really imagine him w/the c’s? I don’t. If any team know about the possible consequences of having a player w/heart problem,it’s the c’s. 1 name:Reggie Lewis. R.I.P.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    lol @ M Cho. How do you say “drop the soap, please Steve” in chinese?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    @BossTerry, what about Jason Williams? That worked out pretty well. I think Mobley could be an instant offense role player for a team.

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