The Knicks head to Detroit Friday night time to face the Pistons and tipoff preseason play, in what can be their first time taking an NBA court docket since March.
Moreover, it will mark the primary time 2020 No. 8 general decide Obi Toppin takes the court docket towards NBA gamers, one thing he is been very a lot wanting ahead to.
“I have been coaching for this second for a really very long time, and the time is lastly right here,” Toppin mentioned Friday whereas talking to the media. “I am going to have the chance to say I have been on the court docket with NBA guys and we will work to get a W at the moment.”
One of many few gamers Toppin had been in comparison with throughout the draft course of and now with the Knicks is Pistons ahead Blake Griffin. The 2 share high-flying talents and look related on the offensive facet of the ball.
With the Knicks seeing Griffin and the Pistons tonight, there’s an opportunity Toppin will get to select the six-time All-Star’s mind a bit on the court docket.
“I have been listening to lots of people examine me to Blake Griffin,” Toppin mentioned. “He is an important participant, aggressive and I am unable to wait to get on the ground with him and be taught within the second.
“I am not going to return out and simply ask him questions. …He is a vet, so if he feels that he may give me some pointers whereas we’re enjoying, I am open ear and I am wanting ahead to it. However on the similar time, we’re competing, we’re attempting to each get the W on the finish of the day and that is what it’s.”
Toppin has been getting accustomed to NBA basketball during the last couple of weeks coaching and practising with the Knicks, and has seen some variations between his time in faculty to now as a professional.
“I really feel just like the tempo is quite a bit sooner, that is one thing I needed to alter to. The tempo is quite a bit sooner at this stage,” Toppin mentioned. “Much more bodily, undoubtedly have to have the ability to bang with the massive guys.
“Apart from that, I really feel like Dayton ready my for this second.”
The Knicks will face the Pistons Friday night time and Sunday earlier than internet hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers twice subsequent week earlier than the common season begins on the highway for New York on Dec. 23 towards the Indiana Pacers.