For Brandon Knight, who had the guts to stand in there, there were prominent people writing that he had been raped and assaulted and killed on Sunday night in Los Angeles. Eight inches shorter and 80 pounds lighter, Knight understood the right thing is seldom ever the most popular. Brandon Knight didn’t run and hide, didn’t spare himself the humiliation.
The culture of this sport has never been so backward, never so twisted. Hell of a dunk out of DeAndre Jordan, but maybe the wrong player gets the ovation.
OK, Woj is being a tad dramatic here. Yes, there were plenty of jokes at Knight’s expense all over the internet, including here, last night. But, especially from Pistons fans, there has also been plenty of respect for Knight’s willingness to look foolish contesting a shot he had no business contesting. And, judging by many of the comments I’ve read today, I think many Pistons fans also correctly understand that it was actually Greg Monroe losing track of his man that caused that play to happen.
So no, I don’t think the ‘culture of this sport’ is backward. You can be in awe of an amazing athletic play, you can laugh at how unfortunate Knight looked being on the receiving end of it and you can also praise Knight for being tough and sacrificing his body on a play he had little, if any, chance of disrupting. You can do all of those things at the same time. The only thing ‘backward’ is assuming that everyone who — gasp — laughed at something that was funny was simultaneously contributing to the degradation of the game. Even Knight was laughing at it. Lighten up.