Getting dunked on is one of the more embarrassing things that can happen to you on the basketball floor, but it's a normal thing to happen, especially in the NBA with all the athleticism and stars running around. It can happen to the best of them, and it's all about how you take it and recover from it.
For a prideful guy and defender like Kevin Garnett, it wasn't easy to accept he got banged on by a benchwarmer back in the mid-2000s.
Mario Kasun and his career
Mario Kasun is a name that probably only Croatians, Magic fans, and NBA hardcore fanatics know about. This 7'1'' monster center had a short two-year run in the NBA from 2004 to 2006. The Croatian played for the Orlando Magic, serving as a second backup for Dwight Howard, which didn't allow too much opportunity for Kasun to shine.
In two seasons, Kasun would appear in 73 games, averaging 2.7 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 7.8 mpg. Kasun had seen enough, and he decided to go back to Europe, where he achieved a very respectable Eurolage career. But even in that short time, Kasun managed to leave his mark on the NBA with a highlight play that rubbed one superstar the wrong way.
Dunking on KG
Mario might have been a rookie benchwarmer in the league, while KG was in his prime years playing on an MVP level. But when the two collided near the rim, Kasun would prevail.
In a regular-season game between the Magic and the Wolves, Kasun would catch it off the roll and dunk it furiously with one hand over Garnett. The Amway Center, Kasun, and his teammates were all fired up, as it was a great play during a tight game in the 4th quarter.
While talking on a podcast recently, Kasun recalled that play and confirmed the rumor of Garnett requesting the clip of that dunk to be removed from YouTube.
"That's the truth. I have the poster, you have the video on my Instagram...We played a pick and roll, and Jammer Nelson gave me a pass. I caught it with a head of steam and banged it on his head. I turned around and went: 'Ahhh!' Steve Francis punched me so hard in the chest I lost air and asked for a sub the next possession...It was removed it think in 2007,2008. But look how many people dunked on KG. He got it on his head from other players."
Mario Kasun, Podcast Inkubator
The dunk was not on YouTube up until two years ago when somebody uploaded it again. Before that, the video only could have been found on Kasun's Instagram. I guess KG had so much of an influence in the NBA at that time that he had the power of deleting clips he did not like. But in the end, it didn't help him, as everybody could see the dunk today.
But I'm pretty sure KG has long forgotten about that moment, especially with all the success he has had in his career. At least for Kasun and his short NBA run, he has some great memorabilia to show for it.