Timofey Mozgov Got Mozgov'd Again Last Night

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorNovember 9, 2013

No seriously, Google it. "Mozgov'd" is a word now, part of the NBA lexicon. Friday night saw yet another entry into the vernacular, courtesy of the Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris:

Credit the Denver Nuggets big man (originally of the New York Knicks) for bravely attempting to thwart the league's high fliers. But at some point, self-respect (preservation?) has to enter into a defender's personal equation.

Or does he just want to set the record for appearing on NBA posters?

No one knows for sure, but scholars maintain that "Mozgov'd" is an ancient seafaring word, created during the heady and now nearly forgotten days of 2010...

As the years passed by (two of them, in fact), the word was nearly lost to history. Yet there were rumors that certain, other erstwhile NBA centers had experienced strange, similar happenings at the hands of mythical griffins. 

And thus, "Mozgov'd" lived on.

But it didn't stop there. Last season featured Timofey, now playing fewer minutes than ever, reminding us that the term is just as relevant in the near-present as it was when young Blake Griffins roamed the earth.

It took a high-flying dinosaur to do it:

Today, we have a bright future of "Mozgoving" potential in front of us. Part of that is because Timofey continues to challenge shots he probably should just let go.

Part of it, too, is that "Brandon Knight'd" just doesn't sound as catchy.

Probably more important still, it's because even its awesomeness is not lost on the young. 

Perhaps someday they'll grow up to put Timofey on a poster too...