The mother of the Knicks’ 23-year-old rookie was brought to tears when the fans chanted her son’s name

obi toppin dunk

Obi Toppin dunks in Game 2 of the playoffs. Elsa/Getty Images

  • Obi Toppin gave his team a spark in a Game 2 win with an alley-oop dunk in the 4th quarter.

  • After the play, the crowd of 16,000 people at Madison Square Garden chanted his name.

  • Cameras caught Toppin’s mom in the stands wiping away tears at the crowd chanting her son’s name.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Roni Toppin got a one-of-a-kind experience at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday: hearing 16,000 fans chanting her son’s name.

New York Knicks rookie Obi Toppin provided a spark in his team’s come-from-behind, Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

His key contribution came in the fourth quarter when he successfully defended a possession, first closing out hard on a three-point shooter to deny the shot, then stripping the ball from the Hawks’ Kevin Huerter. On the ensuing fastbreak,

Read More

Julius Randle tosses chair, needs to be held back by teammates after controversial call costs Knicks vs. Nets

Getty Images

Julius Randle very nearly led the New York Knicks back from an 18-point deficit against their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, but despite his 33-point effort, his team fell short due to a controversial call. With 3.2 seconds left in the game, Randle went up to attempt a game-tying 3-pointer, but because Kyrie Irving made contact with the ball, he did not release it. He was called for traveling, the Nets gained possession, and the game functionally ended there. 

Randle was not happy about this. Even after the game ended, he gave a slight shove to Nets forward Jeff Green with his shoulder. Teammate Obi Toppin needed to hold him back from going after official Scott Foster, and he proceeded to toss a chair on his way down the tunnel after exiting the floor. 

The NBA will release the Last Two Minute Report from this game

Read More

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says Knicks missed out on Tyrese Haliburton

Boisterous ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith is blasting his beloved New York Knicks for passing on Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Smith made his opinion very clear during Wednesday’s episode of “SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith.” Smith said the Knicks should have drafted Haliburton with the No. 8 pick instead of Obi Toppin, and did so in trademark Stephen A-style during a segment entitled “Oh, No You Didn’t!”

“Rookie Tyrese Haliburton, who the New York Knicks should have drafted instead of Obi Toppin, dropping 15 points in the fourth quarter last night, hitting a late-game dagger to help win the game for the Sacramento Kings,” Smith said, referring to a recent win over the Chicago Bulls. “That’s Tyrese Haliburton. This brother can ball. Shooting about 50 percent from 3-point range. The brother is special. That’s who the New York

Read More