Well if you haven’t seen it by now, take a minute out of your busy day and watch this incredible dunk from a Clippers big man…and his last name is not Griffin:
Three things come immediately to my mind when I watch this:
1) Poor Brandon Knight.
2) DeAndre Jordan gets higher in this clip than a college kid in Colorado who got a prescription for glaucoma.
3) Poor Brandon Knight…
Because here is what sucks for him, he was just being a good teammate. Jordan got separation from his defender and Knight comes down from the corner (where he was guarding his man, Matt Barnes) and then proceeds to get sat on.
Now granted this looks embarrassing for Knight, and he has gotten plenty of flack for this clip (shortly after the game ended someone changed Knight’s Wikipedia page to state, “On March 10, 2013 Knight died in a game vs the Los Angeles Clippers. The cause of death was determined to be DeAndre Jordan”). But what message does this send to other players in the game? If a man is coming down the lane and he has the ability to dunk, just get out of his way so you don’t ever get embarrassed?
I was fortunate enough to graduate from a private high school so I never really had to worry about this.
But there are many people that do. And in this scenario, I do wish the basketball culture would focus on the inhuman, athletic ability of DeAndre rather than what happened to Knight.
Jordan deserves praise, Knight doesn’t deserve ridicule.
But it is the culture in which we live in, and people who get dunked on will continue to be mocked. So in this culture how in the world can you try to save face after something of this magnitude happens right above your head? I think just the way Knight did:
PS: What is going on in LA? I can’t even do these things in video games…