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Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:14 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Interior depth is an issue for the 2010-11 version of the New York Knicks. Example 1: Rookie and Euro import Timofey Mozgov has been named the starting center as announced by coach Mike D'Antoni. Who did he beat out? Ronny Turiaf and Eddy Curry. So that should tell you something.

However, Mozgov's offseason signing with the Knicks was mostly overlooked, especially up until the Russian rookie flashed some ability in the World Championships in Turkey. In the Worlds, Mozgov averaged 13.0 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game while playing just 20.5 minutes an outing. He shot over 63 percent from the floor and notched 13 points and four rebounds against Team USA.

But who is Timofey Mozgov? (Yes, that's Timofey with an "f".) He's 24, 7'1 and 250 pounds. Around the basket, he's excellent. And by "around the basket" I mean, like underneath it. Once Mozgov starts stepping away from the tin, he's less and less effective. I'm not even trying to make a joke here, but in Turkey if he was five feet out, he probably wasn't scoring.

That's not to say he doesn't have a chance. He moves well for his size, has nice hands and his footwork is getting there. The Knicks obviously are going to want to run and for a seven-footer, Mozgov moves well. His primary job will likely be to clear the glass on the defensive end, outlet and then prod along up the court. Playing next to Amar'e Stoudemire, Mozgov won't be a focal point of any of the Knicks' offensive sets, but he could get some easy looks when teams double Stoudemire.

It's good to hear D'Antoni is going with the younger project center to try and develop some talent from within. Mozgov may be a work in progress but he does have upside. His first start in his new role will come Wednesday at Madison Square Garden against Shaquille O'Neal and the Celtics.
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Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2010 4:42 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

Mr. Timo meet Mr. Shaq O' Neal. Ronny is a hustle dude so he must work hard to beat out TenderRonny. I want to see Danilo and Azubuike play. I think both have a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see the game tonight. I want to see how amped up Amare will be in his first home game. I hope the knicks do well against the celtics all year not just tonight, but should be a fun game.  For an excellent season preview on the atlantic division and the knicks peep:   The writer thinks the knicks will come in second. Laughing



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:41 am
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

As an avid Knick fan I like to keep my ear out for the rumors and Good News from the Grape Vine. I heard of a rumor that we may get Melo even before next year by swapping with San Antonio to get a first round draft pick but unfortunately we may have to part ways with Wilson Chandler. Matt Bonner and a first round pick are the things we would get back and Bonner (a solid 3rd string big) could easily be waived as well he cannot be traded until December 15th but at least we can start to get some cohesiveness until Melo arrives. Then next year we can focus on getting CP3 and you know Walsh more than likely already has a plan to make that happen. GO KNICKS!




Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:48 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

arinze121, you lost all credibility when you called DAVID Lee, Derek! And the last I heard "talent" wins championships. You can have all the heart in the world, but if you don't have the talent to match that heart, you're not winning jack!



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:37 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

hey sports4life.......NEW YORK IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  All the hype of 2010 free agency and Amare Stoudamire is it????????  That's great until he's hurt again and you're wondering where Derek Lee is.  Is this team that much better with Amare then they were with Lee?  Talent goes to Amare....Heart goes a lot further then talent....and that goes to Lee



Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:21 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

This story doesn't give Timofey enough credit. Yes, he is at his best under the basket. but I,ve seen a baseline jumper developing slowly in the first couple exhibition/preseason games. I hear Herb Williams is working hard with him and the staff loves how he listens to everything they tell him to do. I'm glad he has this oppurtunity and as a Knick fan, I hope he makes the most of it. 




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2010 7:29 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

There was NO WAY Curry was going to win the starting center job.  As long as D'Antoni is the coach, there was no way he would win that job.  He won't even be ready to play at the start of the start of the season anyway. How was he even part of the competition for starting center when he cannot stay on the court since he is so out of shape?  And he is the Oliver Perez of basketball, but worse.  As a Mets fan, it has been painful watching him pitch and would cringe when he would make his monthly appearance out of the bullpen.  But, Curry is even worse.  He is never in game shape, always arrives in camp out of shape, is overweight, and cannot stay on the court without getting hurt.  It is like he has no desire to play.  He knows he is going to get paid his $11 mill and then he will be off the books, so he figures he can sit his lazy butt on the bench and he will collect every penny of it anyway.  I wish there was some team who can swap expiring contracts with us so we can get someone who can at least play and try when given the opportunity.  He is the last of the bad blood left over from the Zeke Era.  Once he is gone, the terror Zeke caused will finally be finished.  Walsh has done an excellent job of trading away all the bad contracts to clear cap space and Amare is a nice piece who can attract free agents here and make NY a desirable place to play basketball again.  Go Knicks!



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

Curry is the Oliver Perez of the NBA. He's here only because of his stupid contract given to him by an even dumber GM.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Timofey Mozgov wins Knicks' starting job

I'm tired of hearing "NY is a joke"

In the earlier part of this decade, yes we were, but Donnie Walsh has cleaned this roster up and there's more talent now than there has been in years....we have a legitimate star in Amar'e Stoudemire and some excellent young pieces (Gallinari,Chandler/Randolph).

Can't wait for all the haters to say something after we sneak into the playoffs this year.....oh yeah...and then Carmelo comes next year....


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Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:22 pm
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