Former Clipper Cuttino Mobley announced his retirement Thursday afternoon at a press conference in New York after being diagnosed with the potentially fatal heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He, and the four clubs he’d previously played for, had believed his heart condition was merely a benign condition called an enlarged heart, also known as an athletic heart. But a recent series of tests following his trade from the Clippers to the Knicks on November 21 revealed the more serious condition.
It’s not known if his previous condition had worsened since his September physical with the Clippers, or if the more serious condition had gone undetected in the past.
According to the New York Times:
Mobley made his decision after visiting three highly regarded medical specialists, including Dr. Barry J. Maron, a leading expert on HCM who is based in Minneapolis. Mobley had been aware that he had an enlarged heart, also referred to as an athletic heart, which can be a benign condition.
“The specialists I’ve seen made it clear that my heart condition has gotten worse, and I couldn’t continue to play professional basketball without putting my health and life in serious danger,” Mobley said in an afternoon news conference at the Knicks’ training center here. “As much as I want to keep playing in the N.B.A., I have no choice but to follow the advice of my doctors and step away from the league.”
Mobley’s most recent physical examination with the Clippers, in September, showed he had an irregular heartbeat, an indication of his enlarged heart. But the Knicks’ director of player care, Dr. Lisa Callahan, was concerned by what she saw in Mobley’s test results here and ordered a magnetic resonance imaging test.
“Getting the M.R.I. basically saved my life,” Mobley said.