PROFILES IN AWKWARD NBA BIG MEN, PART 2: TIMOFEY MOZGOV

“F*ck around an’ sit on toppa Mozgov’s neck wit it…”
– “Rap Like Me,” Skyzoo

There’s about a 99% chance that, if you know who Timofey Mozgov is, it’s because of this.

Seriously now.  If you’re reading this blog, or just living in a place where there’s a “television” that shows “sports,” you saw last year’s utter emasculation of young Timofey.  The type of play that gets these sort of avant-garde portrayals and everything:

Its been a year, but still, what can you say?  What runs through the mind of a man as his face is involuntarily buried within another man’s nether-regions while having a ball slammed down on top of him?  Does the presence of thousands of live of witnesses (and many more watching at home) mean anything at all?  Or is the act itself so scarring and devastating that the reality of a diverse and captive audience is somewhat irrelevant?

Well, stuff like this happens in big-time sports, and the good news is this: Timofey Mozgov has survived.  Take a look at the facts:

  1. Mozgov was eventually traded to Denver as a part of the brilliant/horrible trade (depending on whose side you’re on) for Carmelo.
  2. He’s still 7’1″ and still young (25)
  3. He’s not horrible

All true.  Really.  Anyone who has watched much of the Nuggets can tell you that Mozgov, while still raw and learning to play in an NBA environment, shows signs of an upside.  His physical presence alone is enough to get him into Denver’s starting line-up, and he exhibits some skills and instincts that would lead one to believe that he’s more than just a big, European body…

… not to say that he’s immune to the well-established, “Aloof, Big-Man Injury” (ABMI):

ABMI #1:

ABMI #2 (featuring no one in his near vicinity):

… yeah.  It’s a little bit tough to evaluate anybody when they’re hitting the deck left and right.  I won’t give up on Timmy, though, because he’s proved that he can provide the basketball-equivalent of sexual assault and come back to average FIVE AND FIVE (when healthy).  What if he eventually developed into the modern-day Arvydas Sabonis?  He could also die on the court.  Either way, he’s shown the ability to smile all the while:

… technically, I think that qualifies as a grin of sorts.

– Wes Lilliman

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