March 01, 2011
Last week, Timofey Mozgov(notes) owned the news cycle when he became the final piece of the long-awaited deal to send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to the Knicks. Mozgov, a figure typically mocked over the Internet for being Russian and goofy, was suddenly a coveted asset in a major trade. So off he went to the Nuggets, free to trade tattoo concepts with Chris Andersen(notes) and play 18 holes every Thursday morning with J.R. Smith(notes).
However, it turns out the trade was only the second-most important news of Mozgov's week, because he married his fiancee Alla over All-Star weekend in what sounds like a very classy affair in Las Vegas. As translated by Alexander Chernykh of Rush'n Hoops, here's Mozgov's account for Sports.ru (via TrueHoop).
Literally abandoning everything, we jumped into the limo dressed right as we were. Me - in a tracksuit, which I was wearing to look around the city. Alla - not in a white dress either))) [...]
So we jumped into the limo and went to that exact chapel where Michael Jordan, Bruce Willis, Frank Sinatra, Demi Moore, Britney Spears said their vows... We started to take pictures. And then... Of course it couldn't go without any adventures now - camera battery ran out. Somehow we managed to make a couple shots. The rest, we had to take pictures with a mobile phone))
The ceremony itself has reminded us a lot of... going to a [McDonald's drive-thru]!))) Right in our limo we drove to a certain entrance. The driver has put down our window. There a special guy was already waiting. I need to say, that that character (he's definitely not a priest, but it's hard for me to call him any other way) had a remarkable appearance. But he great country of United States has given him the necessary privileges, so he looked inside the window and proclaimed us to be wife and husband! What do you want - this is Las Vegas))) That's how!)))
Sinatra, Spears, and now Mozgov? Something tells me this chapel will soon be a citywide landmark on par with the fountains at the Bellagio and the corner where Nicolas Cage found Elisabeth Shue in "Leaving Las Vegas." It's where love happens!
Mozgov notes that he and Alla hope to have a more formal ceremony in Russia over the summer, so hopefully this Vegas marriage will end up as nothing more than a funny story and not an ominous start to the marriage itself. Love is love, no matter if it's formalized at a drive-thru chapel or a lavish ceremony at St. Basil's Cathedral. Things may not have worked out for Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, but something tells me Timofey and Alla are built to last.
Everyone at BDL wishes the happy couple all possible luck in their new life together. I just hope Alla likes Denver as much as New York.