New York Knicks’ Rookie Obi Toppin Reveals Why COVID Pandemic Has Had Minimal Impact on Him

Published 12/22/2020, 5:46 PM EST


The New York Knicks selected Obi Toppin with their 8th overall pick this season. Toppin was a respected prospect prior to the draft, but can he turn into a franchise player for the Knicks? That remains a question prior to kicking off the season.

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Toppin, 22, is someone who has a polished skill set. Compared to other prospects in the draft, he has the potential to become a superb player right off the bat. Moreover, he is a hard worker, which is something any franchise expects from their young prospects.

Obi Toppin opens up on the impact of the pandemic on his life

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In a press conference, Toppin shared the impact of the pandemic on his life. Obi Toppin believes that the pandemic has not brought many changes to his lifestyle.

I don’t think I am missing out on anything. Like I said, I am in a position that pray to be in and I pray to be in. And I am here and it’s like I couldn’t change this for the world. When I say that basketball is really all I do every single day.

I come to the gym, I go home. By the time I get home, I don’t wanna do anything, I just eat and go to sleep. I am in the gym multiple hours just working on my game to be great.”

Toppin’s hard work and dedication to the game makes him stand out among other rookies of this class. Hopefully, this can translate into some success for the Knicks, who have been in a slump lately.

Can the New York Knicks finally return to the playoffs?

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New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) celebrates with teammates after a play during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last few seasons, the Knicks have been stuck at the bottom of the barrel. Each year, the franchise fans expect their team to finally make a comeback. But in the end, all those expectations are never met.

However, to improve their chances this year, they have gone through some major changes. They have made significant changes at the front office, coaching department and their roster. Despite that, there is no certainty, if these changes will develop into fruitful results or not.

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What are your expectations from Obi Toppin and the Knicks this year?

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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