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Obi Toppin was named Immanuel Quickley, USA Select Team

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Knicks new players Obi Toppin and Immanuel Kivli were both named to the U.S. basketball team on Thursday.

The pair, coached by Eric Spoelstra, will have the opportunity to interact with the Olympic team at a training camp in Las Vegas and get a clear path to the national team pool if they continue to grow.

In short, this is a golden opportunity.

“It’s an honor to be part of the USA Select Team,” Toppin said in a video released by the Nicks. “It’s an opportunity for me to go to Vegas and play against some of the best players in the world [Kevin Durant], Chris Middleton, Kevin Love, Dam Lillard. “I can’t wait to go out there and help them prepare to go to Tokyo and win a gold medal.”

After joining Dayton from the eighth lineup, Toppin increased production in the playoffs and recovered a bit from a disappointing new season. The forward averaged just 4.1 points in 11 minutes during the season, but averaged 6.4 points in 13 minutes in the playoffs against the Hawks in the first round.

Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin
Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin
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Quickley flew under the radar, finished 25th, averaged 11.4 points in 19.4 minutes, and became the second team of the All-Rookie. In the playoffs, the point guard’s production plummeted in just 15.4 minutes to just 5.8 points, but he said he would enjoy the opportunity to fight against elite U.S. guards like Lilliard and Jrue Holiday.

“Indeed, blessings and honor will be offered to the USA Select Team in Vegas,” Quickley said in the same video shared on Twitter. “Helping the kids who are fighting for the gold medal in Tokyo will be a great experience for me.

“Dame, to fight the best players in the world like Jrue Holiday. I look forward to improving my game, competing with the best and helping the U.S. improve. So to be a part of the U.S. family. very nice. “

The Knicks have joined the list of 13 young NBA players and four veterans who will be training with the U.S. national team at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center from July 6-9. They are ready to prepare the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics or even take a hit to fill themselves in the U.S. squad for any show games if needed.

“This USA Select Team will continue the legacy established by previous Select teams to help prepare our U.S. national team for the Tokyo Olympics,” said Jerry Colangelo, CEO of the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team.

“With all the uncertainty about how many members of our Olympic team can go to a U.S. training camp because they don’t coincide with the NBA Finals, we’re the best young man in the NBA. We chose the USA Select Team, which consists of four players and not only its own international experience, but recently played in important national team qualifiers in U.S. basketball.

“If we need to add players who complete our list for any exhibition games, we feel we have some very good players in this USA Select Team.”

Other team members: Sadiq Bay (Pistons / Villanova), Miles Bridges (Hornets / Michigan), Anthony Edwards (Timbervulves / Georgia), Darius Garland (Cavaliers / Vanderbilt), Tyrese Haliburton (Kings / Iowa), Tyler Herro (Heat / Kentucky), John Jenkins (Bilbao Basket, Italy / Vanderbilt), Keldon Johnson (Spurs / Kentucky), Josh Magette (Darussafaka Tekfen, Turkey / Alabama-Huntsville), Dakota Matias (76ers / Purdue), Naz Reid ( Timberwolves / LSU), Cam Reynolds (Rockets / Tulane), Isaiah Stewart (Pistons / Washington), PJ Washington (Hornets / Kentucky) and Patrick Williams (Bulls / Florida).

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