Knicks sign center Timofey Mozgov from Russia, with love

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Thumbnail image for Knicks_logo.gifWho? Never heard of new Knicks signing Timofey Mozgov?

Knicks fans, he’s not that bad. That’s the consensus of a couple scouts we found at Summer League who have seen him play. He abused Ronny Turiaf (playing for France) in the European Championships. “Potential” was the word that came up.

He’s athletic and 7’1″. That’s a valuable combo. He’s shown improvement each year in Europe. He’s a good guy to take a risk on, especially a team that could use some size.

Good pick up for the Knicks. We don’t know the terms but it won’t be big bucks and it won’t be for long.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.