Freezing the Best Reactions from DeAndre Jordan's Poster Dunk on Brandon Knight
DeAndre Jordan's dunk of the decade over Brandon Knight has taken its lap around the Internet, and it's still galloping at full steam. It's impossible to watch this and get tired of seeing Brandon Knight being laid to rest.
In reality, it was the best dunk we've seen all year. Sure, there was nothing fancy about it, but the visceral reaction that ensued was what dunking is all about.
You don't want to have to sit back and dissect why each dunk is pretty. An in-game dunk should be judged on the on-the-spot reactions that people have, and no other dunk this season was as good for reactions as Jordan's rim bombardment.
If you haven't seen the dunk yet, then let me be the first to say congratulations on waking up from the coma, now watch this:
Breaking it down piece by piece, we see an obvious set-up stage where everyone sees what's going on as the lob from Chris Paul slowly rises, the initial amazement stage when people start to realize how disgusting this dunk has become, the "pulling your hair out with amazement" stage and, finally, the moment of bereavement for Knight.
We'll start out a good four feet from the basket as Jordan catches the ball. Very few people are starting to react, but Blake Griffin's face elongates on the bench, as he clearly knows what's coming. Shock and awe.
Jordan slams it home. It's happened, as close to a murder on live television as you'll ever see. Faces expand, mouths drop and this kid has promptly had his mind blown.
This is the reaction of a child now addicted to dunks. His life is completely ruined, as he'll spend the rest of his days looking for any dunk to give him the same rush that he got from massive jam by Jordan.
We'll mourn for him later.
Inching along, we get the initial reaction from Chris Paul, realizing what he's created. Shouting at DeAndre for his wrong-doings, all as Jordan looks in horror at the carnage, and Greg Monroe leans away in disgust.
Panning up just a bit on that shot and there's a clearer look at what Monroe is feeling, along with a look of utter disbelief from Lamar Odom and a look of relief from Charlie Villanueva, who just seems happy that he wasn't the one dunked upon.
Paul continues to look at Jordan, wondering how they're ever going to get out of the building without being charged for something, while Bennett Salvatore empathizes with Knight, as he's had a bit of a run-in with an NBA player himself this season.
In the midst of everyone's simultaneous jubilation, disbelief and pants-soiling amazement, this camera guy remains stoic. He's got nerves of steel.
Brandon Knight is finally helped up, looking aimlessly up at the scoreboard, hoping for a replay. Perhaps there's a single redeeming moment about his public annihilation. Caron Butler's smile expands past the confines of his face.
And of course, the two most telling faces of the entire event. DeAndre Jordan's personal lip curl of shame and Lamar Odom's crumpled face of disgust. These pretty much sum up the entire dunk.
Finally, something that more or less went unnoticed, Paul eventually makes his way over to Knight to give him a few words of encouragement, and possibly to check his pulse.
Now if only we had the Zapruder Film in HD like this, it would all be this easy to break apart.
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