After becoming a victim of the “dunk heard round the world,” Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight was refreshingly nonchalant about getting thrown through the rim.
On Sunday night, Pistons forward/center was late on a defensive rotation that left Knight in no mans land. This resulted in Clippers point guard, Chris Paul, tossing a perfectly placed alley-oop pass to 7’0″ center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan slammed the ball, and Knight, directly to the ground in a clip that instantaneously went viral.
Despite being the butt of everyone’s Monday morning jokes, Knight dusts his shoulders off for making the right basketball play despite being on the receiving end of one of the biggest highlights of the NBA year.
“When I step on the court, I don’t take people dunking six, seven or eight times and not attempting to stop it. It’s personal to me,’ said Knight to the Detroit News. “Where I’m from and where I grew up, you just don’t let that happen. For me, you’re gonna get dunked on,’ Knight said. ‘It won’t be the last time. I’ve dunked on people, this season actually. It’ll happen plenty more times. It’s the Clippers and that’s what they’re known for.”
As far as the jokes that he’s been hit with in the past 48 hours, the second-year guard takes it all in stride. “[It is] just the culture of today,’ Knight said. “People take stuff and make it a much bigger deal. I can laugh at it, it’s funny to me. [Jordan] is very athletic. I’d jump again, that’s just the guy I am. It’s unfortunate I’m not 6-11 to be able to stop it. It was a good play, a great play. I’d jump again. With my stature it didn’t turn out with a block … I mean, it’s gonna happen. Instead of me being mad about it, it was a good play,” Knight continued. “You laugh when you see other people get caught. The type of guy I am, it’s not gonna break my confidence. I’ve worked too hard to have my confidence broken over one play.”
You’ve got to hand it to the kid, he’s got heart. Doesn’t mean we aren’t going to still laugh at him. Check out some funny moments about the dunk you may have missed down below.