If given the benefit of hindsight and knowing the reaction that would come from the outside world, most would take a step back as DeAndre Jordan launched his 7-foot frame near the rim for a thunderous dunk, especially if you're eight inches shorter.
But Brandon Knight? Nah. He'd go after Jordan again because in his mind and heart it was the right play.
He took things personally. Not the reaction from the public, which used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make fun of Knight becoming a poster, but of the Los Angeles Clippers clowning the Pistons on Sunday night without much resistance.
"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 with crutches under his arms after sustaining a "severe" ankle injury in the first quarter of Monday's 103-90 loss to the Utah Jazz.
"Where I'm from and where I grew up, you just don't let that happen."
He wasn't dejected or upset about the turn of events; Knight was merely thankful his left ankle wasn't broken and genuinely laughed about the situation.
"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."
Knight knows the rules of engagement, the unspoken waiver players sign upon entering basketball's terrain at a young age. From the playground to the lavish stage of the NBA.
If you get dunked on, you get clowned. Same goes for getting crossed over in a spectacular way.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130312/SPORTS0102/303120363#ixzz2NKffHetT
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