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Quotes from the first day of Knicks team workouts

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RJ, Thibs and Toppin speak.

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The New York Knicks held their official team practice of the 2020-21 season Sunday. Head coach Tom Thibodeau and a few choice players met virtually with the media afterward.

Thibs was asked about his new squad, and the first thing that came to mind was their youth and athleticism.

Thibs isn’t traditionally known for playing a run-and-gun style of ball, so we’ll have to see how he plans to use that youth and athleticism.

When asked about Frank Ntilikina, Thibs offered some praise.

Size, defensive versatility, hard work — those have been hallmarks of Frank’s game since he was a rookie. Hopefully Frank has bolstered his passing and jump shot in order to really seize hold of a spot in the rotation.

Rookie Obi Toppin felt good in practice, and credited new assistant coach Kenny Payne for getting his conditioning in order.

Toppin also said he trusts Thibs to put him in the proper position to succeed.

Pretty much every Knicks fans made the same joke upon hearing this soundbite: “Uh oh, that probably means Toppin will start at the 3 alongside Julius Randle at the 4.” Hopefully that does not come to pass.

We end with RJ Barrett, saying pretty much the same thing Knicks players have been saying in training camp for the last two decades.

This seems like a hardworking group, though — maybe it’ll be true this season! We can hope so, right?