Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK – Timofey Mozgov has heard the chants before.
Playing in his native Russia for his club team B.C. Khimki, crowds chanted his first and last name.
But nothing compares to being serenaded by the Madison Square Garden faithful with chants of “Moz-gov, Moz-gov” in the final seconds of the Knicks’ 124-106 victory Sunday night over the Detroit Pistons.
“I felt really, really excited,” the 7-foot Mozgov said after putting up career-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds in his first appearance since Jan. 9 against the Lakers.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.