Did you have offers from other NBA teams outside New York?
Timofey Mozgov: I had some offers from other teams, but (me and my agent) decided to take the best in our opinion.
Which were the other teams that made offers?
TM: I prefer just to talk about New York, not the other teams.
Why was the Knicks’ offer the best?
TM: Because there’s a very good coach in New York and I like how New York plays.
Have you spoken with Mike D’Antoni?
TM: Yes. I went to dinner with him and he’s a good guy in my opinion. I don’t know how he’s going to be on the court, but he’s tough. He told me “Please, don’t be lazy” and that if I work hard I will play for sure.
You’re expecting big minutes already in your rookie year?
TM: Yes, yes, yes. I want to play 10 to 15 minutes for sure. I don’t know what the coach’s decision is going to be, but I would like to play.
Are you excited to play in New York?
TM: It’s two sides. On one side, for sure I’m excited because New York is New York. It’s not a village. It’s a big city. On other side, it’s a big dirty city (laughs). So it’s two sides.
Do you feel you can get distracted in a city like New York?
TM: My girlfriend will help. She promised she will help me a lot.
Would you rather win a ring with the Knicks or a gold medal at the Worlds with Russia?
TM: It’s a difficult question because the NBA is the best league in the world. But here at the World Championship… I prefer both: the medal and the ring.