Throwback Thursday: Dunk Gone Wrong

Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov pulls a fast one on assistant Melvin Hunt
by Aaron Lopez

Timofey Mozgov had been with the Denver Nuggets about a week when he gave his new teammates and coaches a glimpse of his sense of humor.

After a practice on March 1, 2011, Mozgov and assistant coach Melvin Hunt engaged in a friendly dunk competition. The 7-foot-1 Mozgov used the regulation hoop, while the shorter Hunt used a portable hoop with an adjustable rim next to the practice court.

When Mozgov missed, it left Hunt an opportunity to seize victory.

“You want M.J.?” Hunt said playfully as he lined up for his final dunk.

As Mozgov casually stood by the basket, Hunt grew suspicious.

“You can’t block it. Don’t block it,” he told Mozgov.

“I won’t block it," Mozgov replied. "Don’t worry about it. I just want to see you.”

True to his word, Mozgov didn’t block Hunt’s attempt, instead rotating the backboard just as the coach flipped the ball behind his back as part of a 360-degree dunk.

Surprised to find himself flying toward a void, Hunt landed awkwardly and fell to the ground.

After an initial laugh, Mozgov quickly rushed to Hunt’s aid to make sure he was okay.
Hunt got up smiling and laughing.

No harm done, other than some wounded pride.