Cuttino Mobley honored as Philadelphia ‘Native Son’
Cuttino Mobley, whose NBA career was ended earlier this season, will be honored with the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s Native Son Award at the Association’s 105th annual Award Dinner.
Mobley, a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and the University of Rhode Island, was in his fourth season with the Los Angeles Clippers, when he was traded to the New York Knicks in November.
But a standard physical performed by New York’s team physicians, discovered that Mobley had a genetic heart disease, the same condition which ended the life of Hank Gathers, another former Philadelphia high school star, in 1990.
Following advise, Mobley decided the best decision was to retire, after 11 NBA seasons with Houston, Orlando, Sacramento and the Clippers. His career scoring average was 16.0 points per game, with a high of 21.7 points with Houston in 2002.
Cuttino Mobley will join a star-studded dais at the Sports Writers Dinner on Monday, January 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Other honorees include Brad Lidge (Outstanding Professional Athlete), West Chester’s Mike Washington (Outstanding Amateur), Adam Taliaferro (Humanitarian), Bernie Parent (Living Legend) Sheldon Brown (Good Guy), NFL Films’ Steve Sabol (Lifetime Achievement), LSU’s LaTavia Thomas (Penn Relays), and Navy’s Shun White (Army-Navy MVP). Also, Charlie Manuel will accept the team of the Year Award for the Phillies.
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