Nearly five years after being forced to retire due to a heart ailment, 37-year-old former NBA player Cuttino Mobley will work out for teams at a pro day on May 31, Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reports. The news comes as a bit of a surprise after Mobley disappeared from the public eye the past few years.
An 11-year veteran that spent time with the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers, Mobley retired in 2008 after it was discovered he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle is inexplicably thickened.
Mobley played his last game on Nov. 18, 2008, after which he was traded to the New York Knicks in a deal that sent forward Zach Randolph to the Clippers. Mobley never played a game for New York, officially announcing his retirement from basketball the next month.
During his career, Mobley averaged 16.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. A talented shooter, he knocked down 38 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc as a pro. With the increased importance on shooting skill throughout the league, Mobley's ability to hit open jumpers will likely be his best bet at landing another NBA gig.
Mobley's best season came in 2002, when he led the Rockets in scoring at 21.7 points per game.