FAIRFAX, Va. -- Pops Mensah-Bonsu should've sought out John Wall for advice on when -- and when not -- to help defensively.
Last season, after DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers destroyed then-Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight as he tried to rotate and help on the high-flying, thunderous dunking 6-10 center, Wall said sometimes you've got to concede the bucket and avoid getting shown up.
During the closed portion of training camp Monday, the much-maligned Jan Vesely dished out some on the training camp invitee. And then rubbed it in.
"That dunk he gave to my man Pops. Oh, (expletive). It looked like a nuclear explosion," said Nene, whose four-letter word explained the reaction which even can be heard on the actual video posted at Monumental Network's website. "Everybody cursed at the same time."
Coach Randy Wittman has been touting the 6-11 Vesely's confidence and play since the Las Vegas summer league and his stint with the Czech national team in Euroball.
"Today was probably was one of his better all-around practices of the three," Wittman said of training camp. "I continually see him playing with his shoulders back, feeling good about himself which is what he's got to continue to do."
Bradley Beal drove into the lane and Mensah-Bonsu, a 6-9 post player, stepped up to prevent deeper penetration. Beal made the diagonal bounce pass to a Vesely, who was cutting hard to the rim. Then, bam.
"He caught a body today," Martell Webster joked. "This is the third day. Legs are heavy, now you got to will yourself in practice. It was fun. When he did that it livened practice up and brought the competitive nature out of everybody. I'm not going to through any names under the bus but he dunked on somebody hard. It was a Chris Paul-Blake Griffin-type play."
Trevor Ariza couldn't contain his laughter before giving his view of what happened. He did try to give Mensah-Bonsu credit and bail him out somewhat. It's not like the dunk that Griffin and on Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
"It was disgusting," Ariza said. "In Pops' defense, he had to come over, help-side, not like Kendrick. He didn't jump though. It wasn't his fault. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Mensah-Bonsu owned up to it, trying to explain in more technical terms why it happened.
"We have defensive principles on this team that say don't let the ball or the man go middle. Somebody had a defensive breakdown and Bradley went middle," he said. "I stopped the ball, he made the right play and dropped the ball off. Before I knew it I turned, Jan was already in the air, I jumped, he dunked. (Well) I halfway jumped. He dunked the ball so hard I had no chance to block it … I'm going to take it. I'm cool."
(Note: It's hard to tell who was defending with no numbers on the defending team's jerseys, but it was a guard not named John Wall, Josh Childress, Eric Maynor, Glen Rice, Garrett Temple, Webster or Ariza. So that leaves Xavier Silas, a guard who was one of four training camp invitees.)
"I got Martell (with a dunk). He's a guard so I don't get no points for that," Mensah-Bonsu said. "(Jan) jumped over me. …He took off from far and he let me know about it."
That was the most perplexing part, and it speaks to Wittman's insistence that Vesely is playing with more attitude than ever entering his third season.
"He don't even speak English well and he let me know," Mensah-Bonsu said. "What's that about? He looked at me, 'Yeah, yeah, I got you.'"