The NBA has seen its fair share of bizarre moments but have you ever wondered what caused the most unnecessary injury in league history?
After the whistle
It was Tony Allen's ACL injury which he tore because of a dead play in 2007. Allen, who played for the Boston Celtics at that time, was fouled by Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson after driving down the right lane.
After the whistle, Allen, who should've just given up the ball to the referee, ended up throwing a tomahawk dunk that brought the Celtics crowd into a frenzy.
But unfortunately, right after the dunk, Allen landed awkwardly on the floor, grimacing and holding his left knee in agony. And after just cheering seconds ago, the Celtics fans were silent and watched in horror as Allen crawled through the baseline. He was then diagnosed with an ACL, medial meniscus, and lateral meniscus injury that caused him the season.
"I go out and I think about it, but hey it made me into the man I am today. Because around that time I thought I was the next superstar of somebody's franchise. But it made me into a glue guy. Do all the intangibles and do stuff like that."
Tony Allen, Celtics Blog
Allen also opened up about how his brutal injury made him realize that it was essential to take care of himself and his body. He started strengthening his legs and ankles regularly and eating the proper diet during and after his rehab.
Aside from taking care of his body, Allen also rediscovered his role for the Celtics. He no longer wanted to be the offense's focal point but instead decided that he would be the team's glue guy.
That way, he can contribute all the skills he does best: playing tough defense and imposing his physicality on the game — all of these ended up being huge for the Celtics' title run in 2008.
Despite suffering a brutal injury most unnecessarily, at least Allen was eventually awarded a championship and remained positive throughout the process. He could've easily given up but instead used his injury as a learning experience to help him grow not just as a basketball player but also as a human being.
"It was definitely a humbling experience man to injure myself because around that time I was playing at a high level," Allen said. "Unfortunately, that happened. But like I say, it made me into the man I am today. My preparation beforehand is a lot different now."