Let’s get one thing straight: Brandon Knight did the right thing. He made the right play, the hard-working play, the courageous play, and there are plenty of other image-conscious NBA players who never would have stepped in there the way he did.
But, that being said — daaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
If you didn’t catch the highlight last night and need to get up to speed, here’s what happened: Knight’s Detroit Pistons were taking on the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday evening. The Clippers — known to sports fans as “Lob City” for their propensity for high-flying alley-oops — ran a lob play for center DeAndre Jordan, who came steaming down the lane with all of his 6-feet-11 inches and 265 pounds hurtling toward the rim. The lob went up. Jordan went up. Knight — who stands 6-foot-3 and weights 189 pounds – went up. The two collided in mid air and Knight went down. Hard. Then the ball bounced off his head.
Words cannot really do a play of such epic viciousness and wanton disregard for human life proper justice, however, so you should just watch the YouTube video embedded above several times. (Pro tip: Pay special attention to the gleeful reaction of the four kids seated courtside.)
The dunk, unsurprisingly, blew up the basketball Twitters, with both Jordan and Knight’s names trending worldwide (Knight’s name was trending again Monday morning). But it didn’t stop there. Someone edited Knight’s Wikipedia page to read that he in fact died in the game. Cause of death? DeAndre Jordan.
And — much like when an unconscious Manny Pacquiao received a derisive meme treatment after being knocked out in a December fight — Internet jokesters were quick to delight in Knight’s plight. To whit:
Jordan’s excellent post-dunk face got plenty of well-deserved love too:
Knight, for his part, took the posterization in stride, posting this terrific response to Twitter late Sunday night:
It wasn’t in the scouting reports that the clippers threw lobs lol
— Brandon E Knight (@BrandonKnight07) March 11, 2013
Roasting Knight was all good and fun. That incredible play will live on for time immemorial, much to Knight’s eternal chagrin. But let’s not get too carried way here, sports fans; Brandon Knight is still living a life the rest of us can only dream about. Internet columnist and former Cal basketball player Rod Benson perhaps summed the big-picture situation up best with this tweet:
He’s gonna drive in a car we all wish we could to a home we all wish we lived in and probably sex a girl we all wish we had. #nextgame
— Rod Benson (@boomtho) March 11, 2013
What were the funniest Brandon Knight reactions you saw online? Share them with us in the comments.