The word came down Tuesday evening from New York Post beat reporter Tim Bontemps:
Five cheerleaders all threw down dunks. The Brooklyknight got the ball stuck in the 24 second clock, and now it can't be retrieved. Amazing.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) October 16, 2013
... followed by still-life evidence from @netw3rk:
... followed, mercifully, by video evidence of the feat, which took place between the first and second quarters of the Brooklyn Nets' Tuesday night matchup with the Boston Celtics:
Ace Nets play-by-play man Ian Eagle isn't the only one who's never seen something quite like that, I'd wager. It's a new one on me, too.
I'd like to say that the BrooklyKnight, the unfortunately named and costumed mascot the Nets partnered with Marvel Comics to create before their inaugural season, has come a long way from being compared to The Gimp from "Pulp Fiction" and scaring the wits out of Jimmy Fallon, but clearly, that's not true.
A wonderful postscript to the story: Because the failed dunk attempt came just before the start of the second quarter and arena staff couldn't immediately dislodge the ball from the shot-clock apparatus, the two teams started the second quarter with the ball still stuck up there:
The ball would remain wedged in the shot clock for three full minutes of game time before an official timeout at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter, which coincided with this monster swat of a former Net Gerald Wallace shot by Brooklyn rookie Mason Plumlee:
When the teams came back from the break, the ball was gone, as you can see in this clip of a nice fakeout feed from ex-Celtics great Paul Pierce to Nets center Brook Lopez:
If you'd missed the first three minutes of the second quarter, you'd never know that the BrooklyKnight botched a trampoline dunk so hard that he lodged a basketball in the shot clock. But he did. And it was glorious.
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The Nets went on to win, 82-80, by the way. Pierce had four points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his first game of any type against the team that drafted him with the 10th pick in the 1998 NBA draft.
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