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Morning GIF: LeBron James’ block clinic

The Miami Heat's LeBron James may go down in basketball history as the best pure blocker. Here's proof.


Fernando Alfonso III

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Posted on Jun 10, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 1:50 pm CDT

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Former Indiana Pacers shooting guard Reggie Miller made the swish his calling card. He’s widely considered to be one of the greatest pure shooters to ever play professional basketball. 

After last night’s herculean performance against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat’s LeBron James may go down in basketball history as the best pure blocker.

During the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game, James “had one of the most spectacular plays of the year, and probably the most impressive of the Finals,” USA Today reported. The play involved James, a 6’8” power forward, blocking a dunk attempt from 6’11” center Tiago Splitter. 


“Basically I told myself, ‘You’ll end up on SportsCenter where you’re going to get dunked on or you’re going to get a block,'” James told ESPN after the game. “Luckily, I was on the good side of the Top 10 and the Not Top 10.”

James’s dunk helped propel the Heat to a 103-84 beatdown of the Spurs to tie the series 1-1.

The block was so spectacular it was also the main image on the homepage of ESPN this morning.


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*First Published: Jun 10, 2013, 10:17 am CDT