If there were a single term that combined "vicious," "disgusting," "otherworldly" and "terrifying," maybe we'd have a start. But right now, it's pretty much impossible to adequately put into words what Jordan did.
As Chris Paul brought the ball over half court, the Pistons bigs all took their eyes off of Jordan, who seized the opportunity by diving to the rim. Paul saw Jordan break (because he sees everything) and lofted a lob toward the bucket.
And that's when poor Knight found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The lone man underneath, Knight leaped, perhaps hoping to tip the ball before Jordan got to it. Whatever his goals were, Jordan grabbed them and powered them through the rim right along with the basketball. Knight was flattened, hitting the deck hard as Jordan stood over him.
Immediately, everyone feared the worst.
"The cause of death was determined to be DeAndre Jordan" twitter.com/willbrinson/st…— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) March 11, 2013
Clearly not finished with the joke, whoever tweaked Knight's Wikipedia page also got to Jordan's, going so far as to pin murder charges on him for the play.
Of course, the Clipper bench went absolutely wild, parading around in the requisite post-posterization histrionics. Jordan made a face afterward that was both apologetic and surprised. In other words, chaos took over in the immediate aftermath of the dunk.
But then the King weighed in, restoring order and officially blessing Jordan's slam.
DeAndre Jordan!!!! Dayyyuummmm!! Dunk of the year #littletikeshoop— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 11, 2013
Going forward, plays like this are probably going to redefine how everyone plays help defense.
If your coach asks you why you didn't help from the weak side on the pick-and-roll, just show him this: on.nba.com/13QrMTs— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) March 11, 2013
But we can't forget the victims here, and Knight is certainly one. Fortunately for the promising Pistons guard, he elected to return to the court in the second half. That might seem like a small thing, but for a while there, it would have been forgivable if he'd just quietly disappeared.
Has a player ever just retired mid-game? My god, Brandon Knight. Keep your head up. Yikes.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 11, 2013
Kidding aside, we really do have a new front-runner for Dunk of the Year. The rest of the league's high-fliers had better get to work if they want to try to top what Jordan did to Knight and the Pistons.