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In a series of interviews with Russian media this weekend, Timofey Mozgov has made it clear that he is frustrated —or worse— with his situation in Brooklyn and wants to play, either for the Nets “or another NBA team.”
In both a print interview with Izvestia, the big Russian newspaper, and Radio Mayak, a significant Russian radio network, Mozgov also said he doesn’t know why he lost his starting job after only 13 games and that Kenny Atkinson has not fully articulated the rationale for the change. The Nets of course are heavily invested in Jarrett Allen, who ultimately took over the starting center job and Mozgov was averaging only 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds when he was replaced.
The interviews came as Mozgov and former Knick Alexey Shved prepare for the FIBA Europe World Cup qualifiers later this month. In addition to Team Russia, Mozgov was asked about his time with the Nets. The 31-year-old seven-footer joined the Nets last July in the trade that brought D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn and sent Brook Lopez to L.A.
While denying his relationship with Atkinson is broken, Mozgov told both Izvestia and Radio Mayak that his benching remains a mystery. ...