“I Just breath a little bit.” Timofey Mozgov could barely contain his excitement as MSG’s Tina Cervasio asked him how he was able to overcome his slow start in Sunday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. His eyes were wide with excitement as he focused on speaking English as fluently as the Russian rookie could. Being interviewed in the post game is unfamiliar territory for the Mozgov, but after racking up DNP’s at the end of Mike D’Antoni’s bench and breaking out for 23 points and 14 rebounds in 40 minutes there was no better person to talk to. This night belonged to Timofey Mozgov.
With Shawne Williams serving a one game suspension for his dust up with Marvin Williams of the Atlanta Hawks, Wilson Chandler out with an injury and Amar’e Stoudemire likely to be limited, D’Antoni was forced to let a few dogs out of their house. This was Mozgov’s chance to make an impression and announce to the world that he belongs in the NBA. He made the most of it, but his performance wasn’t completely unexpected. Raymond Felton had his back.
“It didn’t surprise me. I was more happy for him then anything. Catching the ball like he did tonight and making jump shots, he could be another weapon for us.”
He could be. Let’s hope he gets another chance.
Encore entry, things are slow and it's icing outside,
"At 25-22, the Knicks are seven wins better than they were through 47 games last season. They have already won more games than they did under Thomas in 2007-8, and with a payroll (about $58 million) that is half of what it was during the Thomas era. They are on pace for 44 victories, their highest total since 2000-1.
They are doing it with a roster built almost entirely by Walsh, who spent two years stripping the payroll to make this rebirth possible. He acquired every significant player except Wilson Chandler (who was drafted by Thomas).
Stoudemire is the best player to wear a Knicks uniform since Ewing was in his prime. Felton is the Knicks’ best point guard in more than a decade. Fields, a second-round pick, is one of the league’s top rookies. Gallinari is blossoming."
Dol'antoni are coming to a crossroads, along with Walsh.It's obvious Walsh has, and is, doing a fine job, see above all you youthful Turtle bashers.You can probably add Carmelo on to the list too.Problem is it's not his team, its the Cleveland Carpetbagger's, yup that's where the Dolans come from.Walsh has always been a NYC old school guy.It's in the blood, and he WILL leave his legacy amongst his colleagues of yore.The question is how soon does he go?Will he be squeezed out with the inappropriate fanfare for a triumphant Isiaaaaah return?Look at those historical numbers and movements and cringe.What should happen is Walsh is allowed to bring in a real coach, like Scottie Brooks, or a conceivably newly revived and invigorated Phil Jackson, NY is his true dream job, to end the seven seconds nonsense and then we go to war with Miami et al.But contrarian Dolan will not let D'Antoni go and a tandem of D'An-Thomas could be in our short-term future.Yeah, it is a stretch, but obviously dumber things have happened here.And then the band played on.I'd have to turn in my drumsticks in that scenario.Well,St John's is looking better and they do play in the Garden once in a while.Great job Donnie, St Gabe's loves ya!
What a circus.23/14 from 0/0.Absolutely shameful that it takes injury and suspension to get a guy who can easily give you 5-10 minutes on any given night, a chance to earn his money.The clowns are running this show.
"Knicks president Donnie Walsh has been searching for a big man to aid his team's undersized front line. If Mozgov can become a consistent contributor, how important could that be for the Knicks? Start with how much it could boost them on the boards."
Your joking right?The 13 year olds (and older) on every Knick blog in the country have been clamoring for Moz-erella to get a little Gallo treatment.So it is not about brain power, it is about a warped will(ask Chandler how he liked it at the 3)
"Now," D'Antoni said, "he got 14 rebounds."
"Hopefully he's a better player today than he was a month ago," D'Antoni said. "The guy, he was very impressive [Sunday], I have to say."
Here's the problem in a nutshell.You are coming off a 6 game losing streak where you have no legit center vs true big men.You're being demolished off the boards late in every game but you have a 7'1" athlete that your staff is working with who can't get a minute in your rotation.You see this guy every practice.He comes out and gives you a double/double.
Shouldn't you be the last person on the planet to be so surprised?
Somebody please post something thats not like watching paint dry! No offense A-Dub, but your threads more often than not ...are = to eating cardboard, No flavor, and from the lack of comments...no one cares!
Look, D'Antoni has a weak spot as a coach and it's not playing his bench. Same thing last year and what we are seeing as season progresses is the starters wearing down and not performing as they should. He has to limit them to 30 - 32 minutes when possible and use his bench - but he won't and his playoff record speaks for itself...
@Tman Again I agree w/ T'Man. I defended Thomas b/c of the slant in which the criticism came at him. I certainly felt it was tinged with something more than just constructive objectivity but derision and the silent hater lording over the plantation house.
But the proof is in the pudding for Walsh, Knicks are competitive and cap flexible w/ room to grow via free agency and talent that still has some cieling to strive to reach. He built a contender in Indiana, saw a transition towards the Pacer's early 21st century revival prior to the Malice in the Palace.
So he didn't manage over a Pacer's franchise that won the whoel shabamm? So what? Neither did any Knicks GM, President or Head of Basketball Operations. Walsh is proven and is proving that the Old Shark can still hang w/ the best of them, aside from the treachoury of the Miami Triumvirate and their lucifer Riley.
Brooks or Jackson with what we have plus Carmelo might be a title contender. Legit. D'Amphony's one trick Phony show isn't. Walsh certainly has proven that he is.
Stop marketing the sideshow run and gun and get in a coach who coaches for it all!
Go get em T'Man!
@Tman I can only help but co-sign on that tidbit.
Well said as always T'Man!
@Peaceman Let it be know that I clicked like on the facebook tab above the article.
A Dub's doing his part. I commend the pup for it. Me, I'm a mess with big themes, play on words and gimmicky hooks.
Sometimes short simple and direct is what's needed.
Just remember the Indiana Jones movies with the martial artist doing all those impressive katas but when he got shot in the head it was all for naught. A samurai's strenght is in his efficiency of motion.
Keep your head up A Dub we all have different ways of doing things. I may think mine's the best but then again I'm a narcissict, whose shoulder's are sore from the congratualatory self pat on the back.
@Charles1 You're on point man. If Mozgov and Randolph played a healthy does of 10-15 minutes 20 tops, especially when matchups and rest for STAT required it, the Knicks would be better off long term. Sure there may be a learning curve but it has to start sometime. Sooner hopefully, if at all, rather than later. STAT is taking a beating as the fronlines mustly used and abused big. Mr. T is injury prone and has gotten into foul trouble. Darnit. Please use thow two big boys on your bench! Mozzy and Randy combined have as much lenght as Bynum and Gasol, look at what it gets the Lakers on the boards. The knicks could take a cue. OR if D'Antoni doesn't get a clue he'll need to be dismissed.