There’s never a good time nor a perfect setting to get hit in the head, but that’s exactly what Rondae Hollis-Jefferson of the Brooklyn Nets and Noah Vonleh of the New York Knicks did to each other Friday night, when they inadvertently figured in a collision of skulls during the fourth quarter of their meeting at Barclays Center.
Noah Vonleh collides with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who goes down hard and left the game. pic.twitter.com/FgXFUPAZwI
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) January 26, 2019
It also seemed that Hollis-Jefferson got the worst of that contact, as he was left with a bleeding head, per Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson can't catch a break. Just took a headbutt from Noah Vonleh and now his eye is gushing blood.
Many fans openly express how much they miss the days when men play like men in the NBA, the time when referees don’t blow their whistles at the slightest evidence of contact, but this is probably not what those same fans had in mind seeing on the court because, at the end of the day, the sight of two mammoth human beings banging heads is an ugly sight, regardless of era.
Hollis-Jefferson, however, could take some consolation in the form of a Brooklyn win, as the Nets defeated the Knicks to the tune of a 109-99 score. It was the Nets’ sixth win in a row, a streak they intend to extend on Monday when they pay the TD Garden a visit for a date with the Boston Celtics.
Vonleh scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a losing effort against Brooklyn, while Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points and seven boards.