On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Clippers teammates teamed up for an amazing dunk that we deemed “the fanciest alley-oop possible.” On Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons, DeAndre Jordan finished an alley-oop on the other end of the spectrum. This one wasn’t so graceful, but it did potentially register on the Richter scale.
With approximately 4:30 remaining in the second quarter, superstar point guard Chris Paul brought the ball up the court, immediately drove to his right, and threw a very high pass for Jordan in the general vicinity of the basket. With his superior athleticism and strength, Jordan caught the ball, turned to finish, and absolutely detonated on Pistons guard Brandon Knight with a ferocious right-handed dunk (technically his weaker hand). Knight fell to the ground flat on his back, got called for the foul, and presumably saw his life flash before his eyes.
It has not been a good few weeks for Knight’s public image. At All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, he ended up on the wrong end of the game’s signature highlight when Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving broke his ankles with a vicious crossover and stepback jumper. Somehow, that embarrassment looks minor in comparison to the aftermath of this dunk.
The reactions to the play were swift and not particularly nice. For one thing, someone updated Knight’s Wikipedia entry to show that he was dead (visual evidence via @BrianMFloyd):
On March 10, 2013 Knight died in a game vs the Los Angeles Clippers. The cause of death was determined to be DeAndre Jordan.
Immediately after the play, Jordan at least seemed to show some remorse for what he’d done (photo via Zach Harper on Instagram):
This one won’t be forgotten for quite a long time. Good luck to Knight in trying to live this one down. Unfortunately, that might be an impossible task.
Oh, it’s probably worth noting that the game didn’t end after this play. The Clippers rolled 129-97 in a game that was never close. At least the final score reflected the overwhelming nature of the play everyone will remember.
(Video via The Point Forward)