DeAndre Jordan took off for an explosive alley-oop dunk in the Los Angeles Clippers' big home win against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Brandon Knight somewhat foolishly tried to get in the way, and he paid the ultimate penalty for it—getting posterized by the high-flying Clippers forward.
Few on the Clippers bench could control their emotions after the incredible dunk, and no one at the Staples Center could either. And as it turns out, neither could anybody watching on TV, as Twitter erupted with commentary and opinion on what had just unfolded.
It was as if a chalk outline had been drawn around Knight, as Bleacher Report (h/t @TweetsOpenDoors) showed.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
Underneath the basket is now a crime scene. #BrandonKnight (via @TweetsOpenDoors) http://t.co/3yqg3Eq8hm2013-3-11 03:34:50
CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler saw things similarly.
Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN
Brandon Knight was a good man.2013-3-11 03:05:55
ESPN's J.A Adande talked about how Knight's beatdown was slightly similar to a beatdown suffered by someone else in recent history.
J.A. Adande @jadande
I'm waiting for someone to photoshop a knocked-out Manny Pacquiao next to Brandon Knight on the deck.2013-3-11 03:27:12
He then followed that up with photo evidence as proof.
J.A. Adande @jadande
and here it is. Twitter is so reliable sometimes RT “@lui_locs: http://t.co/lMTRwL6lho”2013-3-11 03:49:11
As the dunk began to cross sports, players from different area codes started to share their take on the matter, like the New York Jets' Braylon Edwards.
Braylon Edwards @OfficialBraylon
Tonight Brandon Knight made me embarrassed to be from Detroit. DeAndre Jordan's dunk was the best other than Vince over the 7 footer2013-3-11 03:04:28
However, it was those within the sport itself that enjoyed this one the most.
LeBron James @KingJames
DeAndre Jordan!!!! Dayyyuummmm!! Dunk of the year #littletikeshoop2013-3-11 02:56:57
Including Jordan's teammate and dunk king, Blake Griffin.
Blake Griffin @blakegriffin32
Well boys and girls that is what you call "the dunk of the year" by @deandrejordan Best dunk I've ever seen in person. #turnup2013-3-11 05:56:32
Will Brinson at CBS Sports showed how much Jordan seemed to enjoy that one. Perhaps he wasn't prepared to look back at the crime scene.
Will Brinson @WillBrinson
DeAndre Jordan's face coming back down the floor is priceless: http://t.co/paDsnKPaqK2013-3-11 03:31:51
Robert Littal at Black Sports Online took it one step further by commenting on the commentary and how Knight definitely won't want to see any of it again.
If you are a friend of Brandon Knight, please don't let him near a TV, Phone, Computer until at least Wednesday.2013-3-11 03:34:30
However, Knight must get some credit for at least attempting to stop Jordan—even if it was a somewhat foolish decision to make. The National Post's Bruce Arthur and The Detroit News writer Vincent Goodwill shared their take on the attempted hustle play.
Bruce Arthur @bruce_arthur
Brandon Knight should have gotten out of the way, but as a rule I'll take the guys who aren't afraid to get dunked on over the guys who are.2013-3-11 03:32:36
Vincent Goodwill @vgoodwill
What's worse: Brandon getting embarrassed like that or BK being the only one who's playing who'd challenge a play like that?2013-3-11 03:22:22
But perhaps the greatest comment of them all came from a Jerry Tipton parody account that proved no matter how much embarrassment Knight suffered at the incredible athleticism of Jordan, he still came out as a pretty big winner from this one.
Not Jerry Tipton @NotJerryTipton
Brandon Knight made almost $33,000 today. You did not.2013-3-11 03:37:30
Though, with that much money, imagine how many posters he'll be able to buy.
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