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Timofey Mozgov and the Knicks wish you a Happy New Year

January 1, 2011

Here’s a translation of another post from Timofey Mozgov’s blog at Sports.ru.

In the NBA, Christmas is always celebrated in a special way and… always the same. The most interesting games are always scheduled by the league to be played on this day, and Americans – players and fans – like it. One group – because they like to be looked at. The other – because they like to look at those who like it)))

It is most likely that these points of contact will intersect on Christmas Eve. This is a family holiday, and basketball is a family sport. All of this makes it one of the best parts of the Christmas entertainment program in the States.

For our part, we were meeting the Bulls. I saw it somewhere that TV rankings have exceeded the results of the previous year by 20 percent for all three of the top games. But I’m sure that Knicks have fulfilled every expectation of the audience.

Still, somehow it seems to me (I wonder why?))) that all the fans were much more excited about our visit to Miami three days later.

Lots of people gathered in the stands there. But I think we played better this time than we did at home not so long ago. Also, I immensely liked the city: I managed to find a little bit of time and tour the surroundings in a car, accompanied by a good friend. It was great!

By the way, the day before we had a company dinner. Everybody who works within the club and MSG were invited to a very good restaurant located about 20 kilometers away from the city. The party lasted about three hours. There was a lot of communicating and greetings. For the entertainment part of the program, there was a magician; he was doing some amusing trick with his cards.

In general, these holidays were extremely hard for the world transport community. You already know it: you’re watching TV; internet users are well informed, you’re browsing.

So, not far from us, the bus with Orlando Magic players got stuck in a snowdrift when it was driving them from the hotel to the Nets game. Law within the state bans snow tires, so sometimes it can be hard. Cleaning of snow is not at its best here too, and when the weather brings a surprise like this…

I was lucky: during this time I managed to reach the practice facility and the airport. Only instead of 10 or 15 minutes it took 40.

Then, regular flights are cancelled. But the situation is better when it comes to NBA planes. By the time our neighbors were still saving their opponents from the snowdrift, we were already practicing at the Heat arena. We were departing from a special section of the airport, where it’s probably easier to keep the runway on operational readiness.

By the way, these days we were waiting for the arrival of Alla’s (Timo’s GF – R’n H) parents and brother. We almost lost our hope but then on evening of 30th they landed. They were waiting for their plane for a long time and had to spend five extra hours in Moscow airport. As far as I know, this is not so long. Right now, it seems, the situation is almost back to normal.

So, the holidays turned out well for us. We will spend it together. Still one can’t really be on the loose: on the 1st we already have practice at 11)) and the game against Pacers on the 2nd – so, no easing of restrictions!)))

You know the most unusual way I ever saw the New Year in? It so happened that in the end of 2008 and start of 2009 I had to just imagine the chiming clock in my head, as I was moving up the escalator in the subway. Later when I got a spot in the starting lineup at Khimki and joined the national team at the European championship, friends would remind me of that case and joke, “So the whole year is going for you like that: you’re climbing up the career ladder”. Turns out the saying was true. It still works to this day )))

I think the moment is right to wish you all a good holiday. I wish you to feel jolly, to never lose heart and give up, follow your dream, that your most cherished wishes come true, that you have warmth in your heart and robust health. I wish you joy, luck and of course wins, and a simple human happiness. All in all, I wish you all the very-very best.

My teammates are joining me in these words. Danilo and Amare were happy to say a little hello to you on New Year’s Eve:

P.S. By the way, these days a Russian TV crew has visited me. They made a good report. For those of you who haven’t seen it – here’s the link. (May have regional restrictions for Russia – R’n H)

Danilo and Amare say “S Novym Godom” which is Russian for “Happy New Year!”. New Year remains the biggest holiday in Russia.

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