HoopsHype Timofey Mozgov rumors

December 10, 2012 Updates

Timofey Mozgov has updated his blog at Sports.ru. Here’s my quick translation of the entire post: Hi everyone! It’s nice after all the hard work in practice to eventually return on the court. First in the game against the Lakers and then Atlanta too. A lot of people make jokes already that LA are my “clients”. I guess there’s some small amount of truth to it: I really play against them often and a lot. And coaching staff backs it up too. I knew it beforehand that I would step on the court. The “headquarters” informed me about it in the morning. Even though they made a remark that normally they don’t like to let players know in advance. But we were about to face such a strong frontcourt that we had to throw all forces to fight it. They told me to get ready. Rush'n Hoops

I got my second real chance this season – not garbage time, but a good number of minutes – during the game against Atlanta. Once again, I knew it beforehand that I would play. Kosta felt some stomach pains in the morning and wasn’t even listed for the game. As you can guess, having tasted blood again versus LA, my desire to play exceeded even my normal desire that is always strong. So the “hungry and mad” Mozgov was very active under the rims. With all that, I can’t say I had dramatically changed the way I play and so those 13 rebounds came right away. I was just doing my job, and a good deal of what I tried ended well. Rush'n Hoops

By the way, about the other “games”. We still go out to eat together with the guys. So, here’s a fun thing that we do. When it’s time to pay on receipt, we take all our credit cards and give it to the waitress. She hides it behind the back and we start to pick the “lucky ones”. The last credit card that’s left is used for payment. Guys are already looking at me sideways – I’m always out during the “qualifying” rounds for probably a year already. I have to counter it, “When I lose, it’s going to be no problem”. And the most frequent client turns out to be Danilo:)) Rush'n Hoops

August 12, 2012 Updates
August 10, 2012 Updates

The Andre Iguodala trade by the Nuggets assures they will have a medalist in a fifth straight Olympics. Either USA's Iguodala or Russia's Timofey Mozgov have to medal. Denver's medalists since 1996 are Sarunas Marciulionis (1996 bronze, Lithuania), Antonio McDyess (2000 gold, USA) and Carmelo Anthony (2004 bronze, 2008 gold, USA). Sulia

August 7, 2012 Updates

Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is attending the games in London and spent a full day with Mozgov. The visit included a trip to the house where the Russian team is staying. “Timo has been great,” Ujiri said. “He’s looking very good. You can see his confidence playing against the best players in the world.” NBA.com

June 30, 2012 Updates
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May 29, 2012 Updates

Lamar Odom’s $8.2 million contract is guaranteed at just $2.4 million. If he can be included in a trade that still maintains Dallas’ cap room, then so be it. Otherwise, expect Odom to be cut loose. Additionally, Vince Carter’s next two seasons ($3.1 and $3.2 million) aren’t fully guaranteed. Brandon Wright’s $993k isn’t locked in either. The Denver Nuggets haven’t always gotten consistent play from Timofey Mozgov but at $3.1 million ($1.4 million guaranteed), he’s still at a discounted price for a big man. Additionally, second-year point guard Julyan Stone isn’t guaranteed. HoopsWorld

April 12, 2012 Updates

Hey Paul, it's definitely been a sad turn-of-events for The Birdman, Chris Andersen, who has seemed down-in-the-dumps since being pushed down the bench. I've always enjoyed being around Bird. He's a guy -- on and off the court -- who thrives off energy and personality. But reality has settled in with the Nuggets. They now have four younger big men who have provided more consistent energy at practices and games -- Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov. Even Mozzy himself hasn't played much lately -- he seemed to be affected by the McGee acquisition and hasn't had the same tenacity we saw earlier this season. Denver Post

February 19, 2012 Updates

February 2011. They were so close. It was all-star weekend and the Melo trade was close to being finalized. Except it wasn't. Ujiri was holding it up. Coach George Karl called Masai's cellphone and barked: "WHO THE (EXPLETIVE) IS MOZGOV?" Ujiri became the GM on Aug. 27, 2010. On that day, he began his plan to trade one of the best talents in Nuggets history. Anthony wanted out, so for the next six months, every single day, Ujiri, Kroenke and D'Alessandro methodically made plans, backup plans and backup plans for backup plans. They negotiated on multiple fronts. All along, the coach was losing his mind. And now, with the trade deadline looming, New York was offering three prized young players — Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler. But Ujiri wanted more. Denver Post

February 17, 2012 Updates

Nene's injured calf will keep the Nuggets' power forward out at least a few more days. Asked about the prognosis, Nene said, "I don't know." "Doctors said (Tuesday) it would be four or five days with the (walking) boot," Nene said. "And after that, we're going to see how I'm feeling and when I feel ready to go, I'll go." Nene is one of three Nuggets starters who have been out an extended time. Forward Danilo Gallinari remains out indefinitely with a severely sprained ankle, and center Timofey Mozgov has missed seven games with a sprained ankle. Mozgov is expected back soon and has an outside chance to return against Memphis tonight. Officially listed as day to day, Mozgov went through a pre-game workout before the Nuggets' 102-84 loss at Dallas on Wednesday night and said he continues to make good progress. He has been out since Feb. 3. Denver Post

February 4, 2012 Updates
January 20, 2012 Updates

It is well known that this season Denver Nuggets rookies had to dougie on the court after a public scrimmage, but that was only a part of the story. On December 26, Timofey Mozgov wrote this on his personal blog at Sports.ru: After the morning practice team captain gave every rookie a gift that was indeed worthy of a captain — these exact backpacks)) And then he used his captain word and ordered that the rookies never part with them during the entire season. Also he has put some interesting content inside, so that the guys wouldn’t be too sad. Rush'n Hoops

December 5, 2011 Updates
December 4, 2011 Updates

What does your gut tell you about the Nuggets' chances of signing Nene? George Karl: I'm anxious for my opportunity to recruit him (later this week). I think Nene knows how much I care about him. In a strange way, Nene's become maybe the most important guy on our team. He's not a man of big numbers, but he's a man of big responsibility. I think our young guys need him. We've talked a lot (in the past) about how he'd rather play power forward than center, well, I think this is the year he can get that opportunity (with Timofey Mozgov at center). He's become our veteran leader. I really do think this is the best place for him. Denver Post

December 1, 2011 Updates

Forward Danilo Gallinari (Italy), center Timofey Mozgov (Russia) and guard Ty Lawson (Lithuania) are playing overseas but have opt-out clauses in their contracts. "I thought that ended up working in our favor," Ujiri said. "They're playing two or three times a week. You can't ask for anything better than the situation these guys were in. They're in shape and coming back almost in game-shape. Basketball-wise, it's 100 percent good for them and for us." ESPN.com

November 27, 2011 Updates

This is Timofey Mozgov’s recent post in its entirety, up to the last set of closing parentheses (which stand for smileys). The End! Hi everyone! So tell me, are you celebrating already?))) It’s still hard to believe, right? Just like that – abruptly and spontaneously, yes? 148 days and there you go! The end!!! Actually, guys (and your female comrades-in-arms), please take my most sincere congratulations. All of us together – colleagues, people who love and value basketball, fans – without a doubt, have eagerly waited for these strokes of the pens which are exactly golden for all of us. It happened at last. Rush'n Hoops

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