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Monday And-1 links: Should we be praising Brandon Knight for trying to make a play on DeAndre Jordan?

Mar 11, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight AP

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

Brandon Knight became a trending joke on twitter after the Clippers DeAndre Jordan dunked all over him — R.I.P Knight. But Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports says we got it backwards — most guys would have ducked out and not gotten in the poster at all, just let the dunk happen, but Knight made the effort and tried to make a play on it. Woj says he should be praised for that.

• Mike Prada at SBN counters that if Knight had made the right play at the right time he would have taken away the lob opportunity, not gotten dunked on.

• A good interview with John Wall where he says he thinks he deserves a max extension this summer. Among other things.

Blake Griffin‘s game has really grown in the last couple years. For example, he showed a handle Sunday night against the Pistons that only a handful of the game’s elite power forwards can match. He is a good passer and his midrange game is improving. But the Clippers are going to need a lot more from him if they are going to be contenders, our friend Rob Mahoney says at SI.

Paul Pierce says what Celtics fans want to hear — if we get on a run in the playoffs anything can happen.

• That Pierce interview is part of the NBA’s always must-read column from David Aldridge, his Morning Tip at Also in there this week Aldridge said that quite, private negotiations to buyout Billy Hunter and get the lawsuits dropped and him out of the NBA players union are underway. This was always how this saga would end, the only question is the price.

• Also, if you want more details on what the NBA owners are looking at in the Seattle/Sacramento discussion, Aldridge has as level-headed and good an explanation as you are going to find.

• Another of Monday’s must read posts comes from Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN: How the Clippers are walking the line between elite contender and just very good. Even in the locker room Sunday they talked about using the blowout of the Pistons as a springboard to finishing with the level of play they will need in the postseason.

• Don’t look now, but Tyreke Evans is having a good season. Maybe his best season to date. So…. how much you going to offer him this summer as a restricted free agent?

• Two regulars to this award were named the NBA players of the week — the Heat’s Dwyane Wade for the Eastern Conference and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant for the West. Wade averaged 25.3 points on .606 shooting, plus had 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals a game. Bryant averaged 33.0 points, 8.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds a game.

• Here’s a great piece describing why Delonte West is not playing in the NBA right now.

• Here is the argument that Kyrie Irving being out for up to a month is good for a Cavaliers team that should want more ping-pong balls in the lottery.

Eric Maynor was traded to Portland but now says he wouldn’t mind sticking around.

Andre Drummond is going to start doing some basketball related activities (as opposed to the pregame workout I watched him go through on Sunday, which involved a lot of running). However, the Pistons will not put a timeline on his return.

• Erik Spoelstra says we are all selling the Heat’s sacrifices short.

  1. progress2011 - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    NOPE !!!

    Praising Knight for being a sacrificial lamb, is like praising Gatti for just getting in the ring with Floyd. It’s important to stay in your lane !

    There is a difference between a Class A fighter and a Class C fighter and I’m gonna show you the difference …….ahahahahaha…….


  2. thetooloftools - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    That dunk was Nasty and Filthy. The defender has nothing to be ashamed of because the pass was perfect.

  3. raidmagic - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I’m on board with Knight having done the right thing. I applaud him for giving the effort. He got killed but he died trying.

  4. JMClarkent - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I agree with Woj; Brandon Knight tried to make a man-plan on a huge, athletic guy. That shows heart; put that ticker in Andrew Bynum’s chest and you’d have the Terminator.

    • slowclyde86 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Spot on.

  5. dko83 - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Not just Woj said that but tons of people saying it. One of my most hated things about NBA basketball, which was also echoed on PTI today, is that nobody says a damn thing about scrubs that just duck out of the way, but guys trying to disrupt these huge dunks are blasted when the dunk goes down. You’ll even hear announcers say things like, “smart move getting out of the way of that one.”

    Come on fans! I want to the media to make it where both DeAndre AND BK are lauded for that play, and yes, even Mozgov. Unfortunately that will never happen, especially with headlines like on PBT. “…destroys” That kid got absolutely BLASTED for trying to play defense against a guy 8 inches taller than him and make a play. BK plays on an abysmal team, yet still attempts something like that knowing full well what the result might be. Let’s get past mocking guys for trying to block shots and start ridiculing the guys that duck out of the way. Next time someone ducks out of the way from a monster slam, why not say he got destroyed, and when someone pulls a BK or Mozgov, let’s just say they got dunked on… I know, it’s a pipedream.

    Also I LOVE JMClarkent’s comment above!

  6. tampajoey - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Props to Brandon Knight for stepping up and trying to make a play. Shows a lot of heart getting in there and battling the big dogs.

    • progress2011 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      No trophies for being mediocre !

      No praise because you get knocked out!

      Get Yo LIL A%$ Outta My Way !!!!

      • tampajoey - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        @progress2011 No man is invincible. Except of course internet tough guys like you.

  7. progress2011 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    little joey…..

    I don’t expect anyone to be invincible. It’s called:

    1. Making Smart Decisions
    2. having the ability to reason
    3. Using good logic
    4. Having pride in being a “MAN”

    little joey… go play marbles with the other little boys.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:44 AM

      LOL @ lil boys who thinks ducking outta the way rather than stepping up against the odds is being a man. Spoken like some kid who never played a team sport in his life. Gutless wonder

      • progress2011 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        Played but just never got used to losing, getting embarrassed or felling sorry for the dude I spanked.

        This is not the Oprah Winfrey website….ya’ll need some tissue to wipe yourselves ….all this crying and sympathy for a dude cause he got FLUSHED ON !

        I think ya’ll momma calling ya’ll to watch the Life Time Movie channel ! You can lay on her lap and cry while you watch that crap.

        This is a site for dudes with TESTOSTERONE !!!

  8. tampajoey - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    @progress2011 Hey internet tough guy… it looks like “little joey” called you out for being a gutless punk b!tch. If players didn’t step up to try and make a play against insurmountable odds then idiots like you wouldn’t have anything to watch on SportsCenter. You’re a blowhard clown that’s obviously never played competitive sports. Now you’re dismissed to go be a punk somewhere else.

    • progress2011 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Too Bad for you Lil Joey….I never ran…and don’t run now from some dude with too much estrogen that is used to getting KNOCKED OUT !


      I chuckle at girlie-men/ women like you that have all that sympathy and cry when your team gets spanked !

      They have roll-on testosterone now for you sensitive type dudes ……ahahahahaha

      • tampajoey - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Keep talking so everyone can see what a punk b!tch you are.

      • nowyouknow2000 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        the most amusing part is this guy liking his own posts…keep high fiving yourself for those witty comments!

      • progress2011 - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

        Little Joey……

        Another sign of TOO MUCH ESTROGEN !!!!

        You actually think I care what you or any other clown thinks !!!

        I state my FACTS….Deal with it or not….I don’t really care….But the FACTS remain solid !!!!

        Ahahahahaha……little joey cares about peer pressure ! You still in high school ….ahahah

  9. mcsuave - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Knight made the right play and deserves applause. If Jordan missed the dunk, he would have been at the free throw line where he stinks. Mediocre dunk which looked larger then life due to the limited height and hops of Knight.

  10. thraiderskin - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If making an attempt to distrupt that play is a bad thing, then basketball doesn’t deserve to be played by men…

    • progress2011 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      ……Men with TESTOSTERONE say…..if making an attempt to disrupt that play;

      Results in you getting TOTALLY embarrassed….then I am gonna get my 5 laughs in…contact a few friends so they can get 5 laughs in too….ahahahaha

      (Epic Katt Williams)

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