Cuttino Mobley has always carried himself with confidence. That swagger was apparent when he was suiting up for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers, and he still gives off that same bravado nearly five years removed from his last game in the NBA.

The 37-year-old recently worked out for NBA teams and hopes to be on a roster next season, but he doesn’t like to characterize his potential return to the NBA as a comeback. He prefers to look at this as just his latest stint in the league.

“I haven’t gone nowhere,” Mobley told HOOPSWORLD. “I’ve been in shape. I’m maybe six or seven pounds over my playing weight. That’s 222 and I haven’t played in, what, four and a half years? I’m a very disciplined person. I played every game and averaged 40 minutes. Comeback? Eh, I mean, if you want to call it that… I think I can still go a little bit.”

He doesn’t like to view this as a comeback because he didn’t really leave the game on his own terms. When he announced his retirement in December of 2008, it was because he didn’t think he had any other choice. He had just been diagnosed with a heart ailment called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the same illness that took the lives of Reggie Lewis and Hank Gathers in the 1990s. He assumed that his basketball career was over, but he later learned that’s not necessarily the case.

Mobley has been evaluated by doctors since then and has been cleared to play. He wants everyone around the NBA to realize that he’s medically able to resume his career.

“I have the records that show it, I’ve passed my physical and nothing has changed since I came into the league as far as my body goes,” Mobley said. “It’s just about what team is going to take the chance or look at the evidence first, to put it that way. It’s like CSI. Look at the evidence first.”

Mobley recently participated in the ASM Sports pro-day at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas. There were plenty of NBA decision-makers in attendance, with 28 teams represented. That’s why the veteran shooting guard felt it was the perfect environment to show that he’s healthy and able to play at a high level without any complications.

“I just want to let everyone know that I can play,” Mobley said. “And that I’m not going to be dropping dead and all of this other stuff that they put out there.”

Mobley played 11 seasons in the league, with career averages of 16 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals. With that said, he hasn’t appeared in a game since November 19, 2008. When asked if he can still contribute to an NBA team, he doesn’t hesitate with his response.

“No question,” Mobley said. “No question at all. With my IQ and my skill level, I can not only contribute on the court, but also help some of these younger guys. It’s a very fast game, on the court and off the court. You have to make the right judgments. Listen, I played last summer and I did extremely well at the Clippers’ facility with other guys who were pros. I definitely held my own. I already know that I can play.”