As soon as NBA free agency started, the Los Angeles Lakers did not think twice before offering Timofey Mozgov a huge contract. The former Cleveland Cavaliers center signed a four-year deal worth $64 million. Many have questioned this move but the Lakers seemed to be very confident with their decision.
If coach Luke Walton will run the same offensive strategy with the Golden State Warriors, it seems like Timofey Mozgov is not fitted for the role. Walton and Steve Kerr shared the same vision of an up-tempo, high-energy games with the hopes of entertaining fans and winning games.
With this kind of offense, a slow-moving Timofey Mozgov may not be the perfect fit. However, Luke Walton defended the Lakers’ decision to sign the Russian center, saying he was the one who pushed the move. Is he seeing a better version of Andrew Bogut in Timofey Mozgov?
Lakers new head coach Luke Walton discuss on LA Today with Bill Reiter and Leeann Tweeden on AM 570 their decision to sign Timofey Mozgov:
“To me, the best way to run is to get stops on defense. And the best way to get stops on defense is to have a big that can anchor that defense down and change shots and block shots, and now we’re out and running.”
Timofey Mozgov has been a major factor for the Cavaliers, especially in the last year’s NBA Finals. The Russian center was not only establishing an impressive defense but also contributing on the offensive end.
“He also allows us to be able to run half-court sets through the post and things of that nature. I was huge on pushing to try to get Mozgov and I’m thrilled that we were able to get that done.”
Timofey Mozgov may not as good as other superstar centers in the league. However, if given enough playing time, Luke Walton can build a monster big man that will be lining up with the Lakers legends.
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