Brandon Knight Creeps Closer To NBA Purgatory

By Richard Nurse
Brandon Knight
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It’s amazing to watch the fall of an NBA player like Brandon Knight.

On February 15, 2013, Kyrie Irving put on a dribbling clinic that dropped Knight to the court so many times that it made him part of NBA folklore. He became that “do you remember the time when” moment that everyone has when they reminisce about the sport’s greatest.

And the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge represented that night in a bad way.

So did the DeAndre Jordan dunk that nearly slammed Knight through the Staples Center floor and the Jrue Holiday crossover that put him on his back pocket.

Knight was branded the unluckiest player in the NBA with YouTube videos and pictures dedicated to his misfortunes. It was a long way from the high school star from Florida that ended up a blue-chipper at the University of Kentucky.

I don’t mean to talk like his career is over. He’s a third year point guard who averaged 13 points, four assists and shot 41 percent from the field in his first two seasons. But it looks bad when a team trades you after spending money on a player, like Chauncey Billups, to mentor you.

And that’s exactly what the Detroit Pistons did when they shipped Knight to the Milwaukee Bucks for Brandon Jennings. They sort of sent him to the bottom of the barrel.

Which is crazy to say about a player going from a team that went nowhere to one that was 8th seed in the playoffs. But with Milwaukee stripping their team to the bare minimum, it could be tough for the Bucks to beat out Detroit for a spot that they barely made last year.

“At the end of the day, I’m not sure if the Bucks didn’t just score a wash this summer,” Chad Ford said via “The roster has better character guys on it, but I’m not sure the talent level is considerably higher.”

As a Kentucky fan, I would love to see Knight bounce back, but for now I’m resigned to seeing him fall and get back up like a bizarre version of those old Dwyane Wade commercials. Straight comedy.

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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.

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