The NBA has had plenty of legendary plays throughout the years.
From John Havlicek’s steal to Michael Jordan’s game-winner vs. Utah to Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue, there are just too many to choose from.
However, former NBA champion Richard Jefferson believes there’s a play that stands alone in the rankings of greatness, clutchness, and breath-takingness.
Per Jefferson, LeBron James’ iconic ‘The Block’ is the single greatest player he’s ever witnessed on a basketball court.
Jefferson went on to explain just how incredible it was, stating that James should’ve been gassed after leading the series in points, rebounds, assists, and every major category, not to mention the fact that he could’ve been called for a goaltend if he had arrived a split second later.
Not only that, but it was also during a Game 7 and to cap off arguably the greatest series comeback in NBA history, so Jefferson might be right on point with this take.
“The greatest play that I’ve ever seen — it’s the block,” Jefferson said on The Old Man & The Tree. “It’s the block because that’s Game 7, he’s played every minute, it’s the last possible game, it’s the last possible minute, and he does an athletic feat of sprinting back. Split-second late and that’s goaltending, and it’s like, this dude led the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks — in EVERY category. At the last minute when he should be gassed. So the block is the most amazing, the most singular play, but when I look at plays of any human being that have ever been done, and the moment they were done, I can’t think of a bigger play.”
"The greatest play that I've ever saw— it's the block. That's Game 7, he's played every minute, it's the last possible game, it's the last possible minute, and he does an athletic feat of sprinting back."
Richard Jefferson on LeBron James' iconic blockpic.twitter.com/ZTAWuIcWFX
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 7, 2023
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