Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  13 responses

New York’s Love Affair With Timofey Mozgov

The Knicks were initially concerned because the Nets (and their Russian owner) showed no interest in the kid, but after his performance during the preseason, they consider themselves lucky to have him as their new starting center. From the NY Post: “[Mikhail] Prokhorov not only has to regret not signing Stoudemire in July, but even vying for the services of ‘Mozgov on the Hudson’ whom the Knicks signed in a mid-July coup. D’Antoni said he was surprised — and a bit concerned — Prokhorov wasn’t beating down Mozgov’s door in St. Petersburg. ‘That worried us because they weren’t involved,’ he said. ”We were like, what are we missing because they should know that? We’re scared to death we’re not seeing something. For whatever reason, they didn’t go after him. We were lucky to get him.’ In July, Prokhorov said, ‘We never considered letting him on the roster. But I was very happy the second Russian player has come to the league.’ Mozgov made his fourth straight start last night and had a nondescript four-point, three-rebound outing in 19 minutes. Mozgov has never met Prokhorov and confirmed the Nets never spoke to him. ‘I know he has money,’ Mozgov said. ‘He’s very smart. He’s a real good guy. Maybe he didn’t want me or know me. I don’t worry about it because he’s not my enemy.’ Knicks team president Donnie Walsh said he believes other teams eyed Mozgov for the summer of 2011, figuring he would sign with an NBA when his Russian-team buyout was less severe. But the Knicks poured money into Mozgov, giving him a three-year, $9.7 million deal to help him with the buyout. Walsh was highly secretive in courting Mozgov.”

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    Donnie gets an +1 for delivering Mozgov on the Hudson.

  • Saku 39

    I’m still upset they shut down the fake Mozgov twitter. It was awesome. One of the tweets,

    “I hope rest of NBA is waring jaketz becuz Knicks is bringing cold war this seasin”

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  • Fat Lever

    What about Timmy Bells? He made the cover of Slam, and then nothing? Cold-blooded.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Omer Asik > Timofey Mozgov

  • Slips

    The best passing / pick and roll big man rookie, hands down.

  • http://writethefuture.tumblr.com Chris Wise

    Mozgov is the future. Absolute beast.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    hahahah Saku

  • Michael

    Mozgov FTW.

  • Groves@UWA

    i like this kid a lot.. hey enigmatic what is Asik’s skill set? i haven’t seen him play yet

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Groves – Honestly, Asik is not a superstar in the making or anything. But he likes to bang more than most Euros, good shotblocker and rebounder, but his free throw shooting is horrendous. But his real value is the fact that the Bulls won’t lost too much in terms of rebounding and shotblocking when Noah is out, and he’ll allow Noah to slide to the 4 when Thibs wants to go big.

  • TiagoSplitter

    @slips I’m the best passing and pick and roll rookie center in the league scratch that I’m the best period.
    @ everyone I’m better then this chump.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Knick fans also entertained a love affair with Maceij Lampe.