The Los Angeles Lakers signed center Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal this offseason despite concerns about his surgically repaired knee. The latest NBA rumors suggest that Mozgov is not 100 percent healthy heading into the season which can be a cause of concern for the Lakers.
The 30-year-old Russian star underwent right knee surgery in the 2015 offseason but there were several reports saying that it was unsuccessful. There are a lot of worried Lakers fans since the team is paying him millions and it would be a waste if misses time with the same injury.
However, Timofey Mozgov has insisted that his knee is fine and he is 100 percent healthy heading into his first season in Los Angeles. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, he mentioned that he will do everything he can to help the Lakers and his knee should not worry anyone.
“It’s not about just injuries. Being in game condition, sometimes it takes a few weeks. You just have to play and play hard. The more minutes you have, the better you feel,” Mozgov said.
“I can do whatever I’ve been doing for six years in the NBA. I’ll work in the paint, be big, make contested shots and block shots,” he added.
As for playing time, Timofey Mozgov has nothing to worry about since head coach Luke Walton has announced that the 7’1” big man is the team’s starting center. The former Golden State Warriors assistant coach also believes Mozgov can be the Lakers’ defensive anchor.
According to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, the Lakers will benefit from the signing Timofey Mozgov this season as long he stays healthy. He also adds that the one-time NBA champion brings valuable experience to a very young team.
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