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Mozgov cleared to play for Russia
According to FIBA, new Knicks center Timofey Mozgov has been officially cleared to play for Russia in the FIBA World Championships later this month in Turkey. The Knicks were able to secure the necessary insurance on the 23-year-old's three-year, $9.7M partially-guaranteed contract signed last month. Obviously it was much easier than the issue the Knicks had with insuring the five year, $99.9M deal they gave Amar'e Stoudemire, who was not permitted to play for USA Basketball this summer.
The Worlds, which open Aug. 28, will be the first peek at Mozgov for Knicks fans. The 7-1 center is still somewhat of a mystery, aside from optimistic highlight films on YouTube. The U.S. team does not play Russia in pool play. The Russians will open pool play against Puerto Rico on the 28th. The U.S. plays Croatia.
ESPN will televise all of the U.S. games and the medal round games as well. But if you want to see Mozgov play, you can click on fibatv.com and see highlights or sign-in to watch games live.