One of the more surprising signings in last year’s free agency was when Timofey Mozgov agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for four years at $64 million. Despite his championship pedigree with the Cleveland Cavaliers, many still believed he was overpaid and that he did not deserve to receive a contract with that amount of money.
Mozgov started out this past season as the team’s full-time starter, but soon lost his spot and even fell out of their rotation. Now with the Brooklyn Nets, he considers it as a chance for him to prove his worth and also have a fresh start. He even said recently that he will do whatever head coach Kenny Atkinson will tell to him to do, including shooting from half court.
Timofey Mozgov: “I’m the guy who does whatever coach tells me to do. If he tells me shoot at half court, I’ll shoot at half court.” #Nets
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 26, 2017
Although his statement should be taken with a grain of salt, it goes to show that the Russian big man is taking the trade that sent him to the Nets like a trooper and a true professional.
The Brooklyn faithful should definitely see this as a positive sign. With the Nets coming off a season where they finished with the worst record in the NBA, the only way to go is up, and the 30-year-old 7-footer wants to be one of the factors to make that possible.