Mark Jackson feels for Brandon Knight

Mark Jackson feels for Brandon Knight
March 13, 2013, 8:45 pm
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It's been a rough week for Detroit guard Brandon Knight.

On Sunday, he was dunked on by Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan on what was without a doubt the favorite dunk of the NBA season for YouTube users.

The following day, he suffered a severe ankle sprain four minutes into the game against Utah, which kept him out against Golden State on Wednesday.

Knight’s attempt to defend the lop to Jordan left him on his back, but afterwards he handled it about as well as possible, tweeting: "It wasn't in the scouting reports that the clippers threw lobs lol."

Some of the national reaction the play drew led to some jealousy from Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who was famously dunked on in a similar fashion by Tom Chambers in 1989.

"It's funny because I've seen people say he made the right play and they're right, but nobody ever said I was trying to take a charge and what a great play by me," Jackson said. "They just say I got dunked on, accept it."

Jackson said he got a lot of entertainment out of it, but couldn't help but feel for the second-year player, if only just a little.

"He's a great kid who plays the right way and has an incredible future," Jackson said. "I see people making jokes about it, but as a coach you want him to be on your team -- the way he conducts himself and gets after it."

The Chambers dunk consistently lands on lists of great NBA dunks, but as time passes, Jackson said it has slowly become less of a talking point. Case in point, few Warriors even knew it was Jackson on the receiving end of the vicious two-handed jam from Chambers.

“The funny thing is that the people talking about the lists of the dunks and the younger announcers forget about it until you can tell the one with a little bit of gray hair says 'What about the Mark Jackson one?'” he said. “Then all of a sudden it lights up and it was comical because a lot of my players didn't know it was me.

“They were talked about the Tom Chambers dunk and a couple of the older guys said it was me in the picture. Then all of a sudden it's 'That was you Coach.' It's a bad memory. A bad, bad memory.”

If reliving the moment every time a huge dunk occurs isn’t enough, Jackson is reminded of it every time he returns to Phoenix, where a bronze statue was erected to immortalize the dunk.