Well to be fair, it was the rim that'll get the nod on the stat sheet. But barely.
This is why John Calipari doesn’t want you playing pickup basketball, Nerlens Noel. Because when you go up for two-handed dunks, lose your balance, and hit the deck on the hard concrete, Kentucky’s title hopes briefly fall with you.
Noel fell during a pickup game with some little kids — he was playing with them as a thank-you to the Wildcats fans who camped out for tickets to “Big Blue Madness.” “Big Blue Madness” is a month away, mind you, and is an event that takes place on the eve of the first day of practice. So yes, the Kentucky kids love their basketball.
Looks like they love their basketball so much, they're willing to serve as Noel's landing pad. If you notice, on of the little kids nearly gets crushed by the falling behemoth. He ended up alright, though if it was him or Noel...yea.
All in all, one of the stranger missed dunk fails you'll come across. Guess that's what happens when you ball in your warmups.