New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau has opened up about the future of a possible Julius Randle-Obi Toppin frontcourt team-up.
Obi Toppin has had an impressive run in the Knicks‘ most recent back-to-back losses against the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors. The 23-year-old has scored double digits in both games, respectively.
What's even more worth noting, Toppin, who is now playing his second season with the Knicks, has recorded his career-high in points (19) and rebounds (10) in the process.
Toppin's recent performances have opened up the idea of a forming a new frontcourt set-up in the Knicks' starting lineup along with Julius Randle. However, according to coach Thibodeau, the pair will be massive on the offensive end but he will not push through with it as he doesn't want to compromise the team's defense.
“[It’s] very good offensively. Defensively, we lose the rim protection and rebounding,” Thibodeau said of starting Randle and Toppin via The New York Post. “You’re sacrificing that part of the game which is critical. But I like the speed and the way they are playing. That group played really well together.’’
“We got to keep working,’’ the coach added. “It’s how the team functions. We’ll see how it works. There’s a lot of interchangeable parts between our first and second unit. It’s not the starters and the bench. There’s different times they’re mixed and matched. It’s in totality.”
Having entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols on Saturday, Toppin will not join the Knicks squad against the Milwaukee Bucks.