NBA veteran Kyle O’Quinn always makes time for Norfolk


NORFOLK (WAVY) — Earlier this week, NBA veteran Kyle O’Quinn opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, making him a free agent.

Now 28-years-old, O’Quinn is coming off a season where he averaged 7 points, 6 rebounds and 18 minutes a game.

He was making just over $4 million per year on his previous contract. O’Quinn now has a new agent and he’s hoping for a new, more lucrative deal.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” O’Quinn said.  “That’s the chance you take and I think that I’m in a good position that I put myself in and the rest will handle itself. I’ve done all I can do and I think that I will find a home in the next couple of weeks.”

O’Quinn does not rule out returning to the Knicks.

“I had a good year with them, they are my home team. I know the GM and they have interest, you never know what happens. I hate to use the line, but it’s a business at the end of the day.”

O’Quinn was back in Hampton Roads this week, taking time out of his schedule to hold a multi-day camp at his old college, Norfolk State.

“I choose to do this, nobody tells me I have to come,” O’Quinn said. “When I put together my summer plan, I block out two weeks in Virginia.”

Norfolk State head coach Robert Jones was an assistant coach at NSU when O’Quinn played, and O’Quinn, who is from New York, was his first recruit.

In fact, Norfolk State was the only school to offer O’Quinn a scholarship.

“He could be anywhere in the world at this point in his life,” Jones said. “To have him come around these young kids, it means the world to them..”

And it’s not just the youngsters that are inspired by O’Quinn and his success in the NBA.

“To be around our student athletes kind of gives them the hope that if you come in and do the right things you could have potential success like him.”

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