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Be Rooting For Cuttino Mobley

We can talk about how effectively current Rockets GM Daryl Morey has drafted during his tenure in Houston, picking up young studs such as Carl Landry and Chase Budinger in the second round, but if you're looking for Houston's best second-rounder in recent memory, it's got to be Cuttino Mobley. The 12th pick in the second round of the 1998 NBA draft out of Rhode Island, Mobley became the sidekick to Steve Francis in what proved to be one of the most effective scoring backcourts in all of basketball. He averaged 21.7 points in the 2001-02 season and still has one of the sweetest lefty strokes this side of Derek Fisher.

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This isn't a eulogy, by the way. Mobley's still here. He was forced to retire from the NBA nearly two years ago with a severe heart condition. Now, he's making news once again in the form of a workout with the Boston Celtics. Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed Mobley's comeback attempt earlier today.

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Cuttino Mobley retired from Knicks 22 months ago with serious heart condition, but told @FisolaNYDN in June he has medical OK for comeback.

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This would be one hell of a story should Mobley make an NBA roster. He still had some game left when he was forced to retire, but a two-year setback doesn't treat anybody favorably. Let's hope for the best.

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