Somehow. Someway. Timofey Mozgov overcame the odds. No, not the odds of turning a Blake Griffin posterization into a successful NBA career. Not even the odds the being an athletically limited European that can actually to a championship caliber team. I'm talking about the odds of being a 7 foot Russian that can come off as a big lovable teddy bear, and not an intimating communist. That's a lot easier said than done with that voice.
I can't help but wonder if Mozgov just happened to the only wiling participant left at the training facility the day that this was shot. I refuse to believe this little trampoline park in the middle of nowhere Ohio had the foresight to know how well this would turn out. He said like 15 words throughout the entire of the advertisement, and every single one of them won me over just a little bit more. No doubt in my mind that "give me some more! give me some love" was an improvisation. I bet the only thing on the script was "Awesome. Healthy. Fun". Mozgov took that, ran with it, and turned this commercial to absolute GOLD. The background music? The headband? The selfie stick? Almost breaking the rim and then saying "so...no more dunks?" like a kid who was playing ball in the house and accidentally knocked over a vase? It's a good thing this spot is only 30 seconds long because it just means I get to play it over and over again quicker.
P.S. Talk about the most Cleveland thing ever to have subtitles for a guy when he's speaking pretty good English. I just imagine some guy sitting on his couch with 6 teeth in his mouth searching the cushions for the remote because he thinks he accidentally switched to the Spanish channel or something. All those diffferent languages all sound the same to Cleveland, even if it is just English in a Russian accent.
"This is where I do my training..."