Launching an airball is embarrassing, missing a dunk is embarrassing, and using a trampoline to dunk is no guarantee of success, but completely airballing a trampoline dunk? That's a whole new combination of dysfunction, even for a mascot.
"BrooklyKnight" -- the strangely-named Nets mascot -- took flight during Brooklyn's 82-80 home win over Boston on Tuesday night, propelling himself off a trampoline and over a row of cheerleaders on his way to the rim. As he cocked back for a little Josh Smith lefty double-clutch slam, the ball slipped out of his hand and went flying well over the backboard, eventually lodging in the metal frame underneath the shot clock. The ball remained in place, suspended well above the court, as BrooklyKnight swung on the rim, trying to figure out what happened.
BrooklyKnight got his start when the Nets relocated to Brooklyn from New Jersey, and his character drew inspiration from comic books. That fact is appropriate here, as this was basically Dwight Howard's "Superman" offering from the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest conducted in an alternate reality where everything awesome becomes terrible.
The Nets' website lists BrooklyKnight at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, a modest size for a dunker, and provides these biographical details.
Brooklyn's champion has completed his first season defending the borough, letting the league know that Brooklyn is back and its power will never die. Ready to rise from the floorboards of the Barclays Center whenever a challenger comes calling, the BrooklyKnight knows it won't be long before he's needed again.
Eternal guardian of the Nets, BrooklyKnight draws strength from the beating heart of the borough that birthed him, passion for your team and your arena given form. He responds to your calls, the rumble of Brooklyn's collective energy directing him where he's needed most.
Well, looks like BrooklyKnight gets a pass on this one. Who among us -- even the superheroes-- is capable of keeping a firm grip on a basketball and an entire city's beating heart at the same time? Maybe Red Panda (shown below) could handle that type of multi-tasking, but that's a totally unreasonable standard for everybody else.