Start a candlelight vigil for Brandon Knight’s rookie season! Quick! Alert the Detroit Pistons’ owner to find his replacement because surely stepping on Lou Williams’ foot and turning his ankle signals the beginning of a long line of injuries for his career.
Hell, he may even end up like Stephen Curry with a recurring ankle injury that could bruise the Detroit Pistons’ chances of making it to the playoffs.
There are multiple things wrong with the aforementioned statements, but first let us grasp the obvious. The Detroit Pistons were in no way going to make it to the NBA playoffs playing as they have lately, with or without Brandon Knight in the starting lineup.
Breathe easy and wipe the perspiration off of your foreheads if that was a thought creeping into your mind. The Pistons have a far ways to go before they make a deep run in the postseason, or even before they step their toe into the shallow end. The future is brighter than it has been, but let’s not get carried away.
The second misstatement would have to be the exaggeration that followed Knight’s trip into the lockerroom after sustaining the minor injury. Players roll their ankles more times than fans may realize during games. They limp it off onto the sidelines and wait until they are called back into the game. This is their job.
These men, young and old, are playing for their livelihood, so it will take more than a rolled ankle to keep Knight benched for too long.
The rookie guard is still struggling to find his place on the team and that may be due to the duress that the team has placed itself under, subconsciously of course. The Pistons’ ranking in the league is somewhere between 27 and 30, without a sure direction to travel in.
Knight’s development is probably most important in determining the future of the franchise, so of course a cut and scratch will appear like third degree burns to his shooting hand in the eyes of the media.
Expect a stronger showing from the Pistons, as a group, than in the contest against the NY Knicks, where the Pistons were exposed in the second quarter for their lack of cohesiveness and everything else it takes to win a basketball game. The group is extraordinarily talented, but during this trial period, there are plenty of downs the fans will experience before a return to good and maybe even great.
Brandon Knight is only the beginning of a long period of redemption.
Cool your jets Detroit fans! They will get there. Right now, just sit back and enjoy the rollercoaster ride that Joe Dumars is taking us on.