Obi Toppin has two regular season games under his belt with his new team since being traded by the New York Knicks over the offseason. He started in both of the Pacers’ games and is averaging 7.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. Life is different for the 25-year-old forward, particularly when it comes to playing free.
In an interview with New York Post’s Stefan Bondy, Toppin talked about how his development was impacted when he was with the Knicks.
"“I ain’t gotta worry about that here. … I can learn from mistakes. I can get better,” he said. “I feel like it can take my game to another level.”"
Toppin said while he was “upset at times,” it was “nothing personal.” Tom Thibodeau had him on a short leash in New York, notably because of his defensive struggles. Interestingly enough, Toppin said one of his goals is to not only be an All-Star but to make an All-Defense team.
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- After Julius Randle recorded eight turnovers on Saturday in New York’s 96-87 loss to New Orleans, he took “full accountability” and said the offense was “a little stagnant.”
- New York will play again on Tuesday in Cleveland before returning to MSG for a back-to-back against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
- James Harden didn’t play in Philadelphia’s third game of the season on Sunday against Portland, but he’s expected to practice on Tuesday. The Sixers’ next game is on Thursday versus the Raptors.
- For the first time in his career, Chris Paul came off the bench for the Warriors on Sunday in Houston.
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