Life just threw down a nasty, 360-degree, rim-rocking, in-for-your-face dunk on Brandon Knight.
Life posterized the Detroit Pistons' second-year guard. And it stood over him, sneering, asking, "What're gonna do about it, pal?"
Well, here's hoping he gets back up soon because he's my new favorite NBA player and I'm guessing I'm not alone ... not after this week.
See, life just dealt Knight, 21, an unfair hand but he seems to be the type to keep fighting back.
Sunday night in Los Angeles, he tried to make a defensive play on the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and wound up becoming a punchline.
Unless you've been living in a cave -- a real cave, not a "man cave" with ESPN, a 60-inch TV and surround sound -- you've probably already seen the play.
Jordan received a lob pass from teammate Chris Paul, defied gravity for a second or two, then hammered home a dunk with the raw horsepower of a monster truck rally.
Knight was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and by the time he realized what was happening, he did the best he could, which is to say he put his hands up and tried to make a play.
Understand, Knight is 6-foot-3 and 189 pounds. He's a quick-footed guard, not a center or a power forward. Jordan, on the other hand, goes 6-11, 265 and he IS a center. So, of course, it wasn't a fair fight by any stretch of the imagination.
Then again, the NBA -- just like life itself -- isn't fair.
Jordan's dunk went viral almost immediately and by Sunday night it was all over the Internet and airwaves, being shown over and over again. By Monday morning Jordan's dunk was being lauded as one of the best ever and Knight was becoming the butt of jokes.
Using wisdom and maturity seemingly beyond his years, he handled the negative notoriety with class. He didn't pout or fret or shrink from the spotlight's glare. Instead, he rolled with it, sending out a playful tweet on his Twitter account.
"It wasn't in the scouting reports that the clippers thew lobs lol," he wrote, a joking reference to the Clippers' "Lob City" moniker.
It turns out Knight and the Pistons spent Monday in Salt Lake City, playing the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.
Personally, I was looking forward to seeing Knight there and hoping to see him get a little bounce-back, all in the name of good Karma.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Instead, he rolled his left ankle in the first quarter and didn't return.
X-rays taken showed no structural damage to the ankle -- no breaks -- but there's still no word on how long Knight will be out.
Here's hoping he gets back soon. And here's hoping when he does he keeps playing like he did before. He's a gym rat and a scrappy player. The fact he stood in and at least attempted to play some defense on someone who's eight inches taller and nearly 80 pounds heavier speaks volumes about his mindset.
Look, I know Jordan's dunk was spectacular. It was an amazing athletic feat, no question.
But I'm a basketball fan, not just a dunking fan. The way I see it, basketball is a game; dunks like Jordan's happen within the game but they're only a moment in time and after that they quickly become pop culture.
Ultimately, it's a generational thing. Old guys like me, we appreciate a good play but we also notice the defensive effort because good basketball still requires defense. Younger generations see it differently.
In an era of instant media and 24/7 news cycles, they've grown up with highlights and the nightly "Top 10 Plays."
Before Monday's game, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, 50, saw it one way.
"It's entertainment," he said. "It's one play. I thought (Knight) made the right rotation. What are you gonna do? Move out of the way and let the guy dunk the ball? Guys in this league make tremendous plays. (Jordan) made a tremendous dunk."
And Jazz newcomer Travis Leslie, 22, saw things a bit differently.
"I don't know why (Knight) jumped," said the former Clippers' second-round draft pick. "If I was there I wouldn't have jumped. That's him, not me."