Timofey Mozgov Wants to Play, Doesn’t Care About Wins

by February 26, 2013

The Denver Nuggets couldn’t unload big man Timofey Mozgov at the trade deadline despite his wishes to play elsewhere. In a refreshingly honest interview, Mozgov admits that at this point in his career, he just wants to get on the court, team success be damned. From Sport-Express (translation done by Rush’n Hoops): “Of course I badly want to play. From this perspective, a trade was supposed to happen. It would be good both for me and the club, because my contract expires in summer, which means I will be able to leave Denver without any compensation. I don’t know what was on our management’s mind when they decided not to trade me. But if it happened, it means that there were some major reasons for that. NBA is a serious business, where nothing is being done without a reason. I hope I will get an opportunity to show what I can do this season. Otherwise, why keep me on the team?’ It was reported that Miami and Minnesota have contacted the Nuggets about you. Did it really happen? ‘Yes, my agent told me about it. And I would go to Miami or Minneapolis gladly. On one condition only – that they would let me play. That the Heat are the main title contender this season didn’t matter to me at all. I am not going to sit on the bench even for a champion’s ring. To me, playing time is more important right now than any team results.'”