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Meet Obi Toppin's mother after Knicks player wins Slam Dunk Contest

Joshua Rogers February 19, 2022
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The Knicks star won the 2022 NBA Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend this year. Here, we revealed the mother of Knicks star Obi Toppin including his dad Obadiah who is a Ruckers Park legend.

Obadiah Toppin, aka Obadiah Richard “Obi” Toppin Jr, is an American basketball player for the New York Knicks. The 6ft 9in power forward played in college for the Dayton Flyers and was selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

He took second place in the 2021 Slam Dunk Contest, and recently entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. On 19 February 2022, he won the 2022 Slam Dunk Contest in Cleveland, and people wanted to know more about Obi Toppin’s parents.

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Obi Toppin’s mom was brought to tears last season

During a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden last season, then-Knicks rookie Obi Toppin slammed an alley-oop.

The chants of “O-bi, O-bi, O-bi’’ rang through the iconic arena and in the stands Obi Toppin’s mom could be seen watching proudly on.

It was a sweet moment as she could be seen weeping at her son’s efforts.

More on Roni Toppin

According to the New York Post, Roni Toppin, Obi Toppin’s mother, has been to almost every single game and travelled on the road.

On Christmas Day last year, before fans were allowed inside the Garden, Roni told the outlet she’d get a job as a janitor to see her son play live at the Garden.

The New York Post also reports Roni Toppin teaches students with autism at a Washington Heights middle school.

Roni still lives in Ossining, where Obi attended high school. Obi Toppin was raised in Brooklyn before they moved briefly to Melbourne, Fla.

The Post adds she is 5ft 10in and is a former volleyball player, even coaching one of Obi’s youth basketball teams.

Who is Obi Toppin’s dad, ‘Dunkers Delight’?

Not only is Roni Toppin a basketball aficionado, Obi Toppin’s dad, Obadiah Toppin Sr, played overseas as a former Rucker Park legend (a famous court in Brooklyn).

Obadiah played collegiate ball at Globe Institute of Technology and professionally for the Brooklyn Kings. 

Moreover, his father was known as “Dunkers Delight” while playing for a streetball group called the Court Kingz.

The NY Post says Obadiah participated in the old And1 Streetball tour and was once part of a 2006 Gatorade commercial with Vince Carter, Dwyane Wade, and Ben Wallace.

Toppin told the publication: “I talked to him about some of the dunks. He’s basically telling me which ones will look crazy for that time.”

Toppin also told them his father is his No. 1 inspiration in the dunk department.

“I grew up watching him,” Toppin said. “Every team he played on he was – his name was Dunkers Delight, so that speaks for itself.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.