Getting dunked on really sucks, I am guessing. Yeah, as a shot-blocker you expect it to happen, but that doesn’t matter when you’re leading every highlight package as the victim of some nasty slam. Doing your job becomes a little less fun when that means you’re getting humiliated by your peers.
And that’s why it’s nice that Kendrick Perkins, who has often been embarrassed by ruinous dunks in the past, was there to comfort Marcin Gortat after Kevin Durant crushed one on his head. From Valley of the Suns:
“Well, first of all, I was looking for my car keys under the basket,” Gortat said. “I was trying to find my car keys because I lost them over there, so I was just looking for it. And Michael Beasley is going to get Krispy Kremes for the rest of the season, for sure, for me.
“It happens. The funny thing is that when [Kendrick] Perkins was standing under the basket he looked at me and I looked at him, and he said, ‘I know how it feels.’ He said, ‘Guards left you on the island, huh?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’
“Listen, it happens. I am not going to deny that was probably the top three dunks of the year, right? I mean, at least, I am going to be out there. I mean, I am just going to try to be silly about it. I am not going to cry. It is just part of the game.
“When he took off off one foot, I didn’t even lift my hands up, I already knew what was going to happen. I just tried to get out of the picture, or at least smile. It was bad defense, and then bad rotation, bad help. You can’t do anything.”
If you are going to get dunked on by one of the league’s preeminent superstars, this is the perfect way to handle it. You’ve got a buddy there to talk you through your emotions, you’ve got some jokes and it sounds like you’re going to be getting free donuts for the next four months — outside of getting put on a poster, this is a pretty nice setup.
Marcin Gortat is one of the league’s best this season in blocks, blocks per game and percentage of shots blocked while he’s on the court, so it’s only natural that he’d eventually end up getting caught. Marcin Gortat
nose knows that, is fine with that and probably realizes it’ll happen again someday. As long as he can continue to “be silly about it,” we can all continue to enjoy what must be the most pleasant vicious dunking-on in recent memory.