Yesterday we finally finished ESPN the Magazine’s NBA preview issue, and inside was a long article about Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley’s rock-hard friendship. Just to backtrack a bit, does everyone remember Franchise’s comments when Cat got traded in January?
“I can’t put it into words,” he said. “Playing with a guy, living with a guy, just knowing that every day when I wake up that’s something I can count on, that I’m going to be in practice or in a game with Cuttino.
“Him not being here is going to be tough for me. I don’t know what I’m going to wake up for.”
Okay, we’re all caught up. Now, we’ve all heard the gay rumors about these two, and that’s simply ridiculous. The ESPN piece makes it clear they’re just unbelievably happy. Here are some excerpts:
In Philly they got their first furs together. In Atlanta they bought belts by he fistful, two of each because each knew if he liked something, then the other would too. Once they went to LA and had lunch at the oh-so-trendy Ivy, staying for more than three hours.
And when the girls came around – at dinner, after dinner, at clubs – Francis watched Mobley’s back, warning him off the ones who just wanted to tear off a piece of NBA fame for their scrapbooks. Sometimes they’d just sit at the bar, backs to the rest of the room, engrossed in conversation.
Shopping for furs? Trendy dining for hours on end? Waving girls away for each other? Nothing here but two good friends being happy. No big deal.
[Francis] and Mobley are at yet another of their infamous dinners, interrupting each other as they talk about all the good old times, filling in each other’s gaps [snip]
Let’s just skip ahead.
And on road trips they still rode one behind the other on the bus.
Something else…something else…oh – they get compared to Batman and Robin, who are like super masculine superheroes and stuff.
Look, they were happy together. That’s all there is to say.
Good for them – they’re happy.