Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  59 responses

Video: JaVale McGee With the Block of the Year

Hell, this could very well be the block of the decade, as McGee just snatched the dunk attempt out of mid-air (word to LaPhonso Ellis):

(H/T: @outsidethenba)

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  • http://www.runninglikwidworks.com MrRLW

    Man the Wiz ended up getting run out of the gym. Bad enough they’re young and very inexperienced. But now they are next-level decimated by the injury bug, to the little bit of talent they have.

    BUT all that said… this block was otherworldly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    One of the best blocks I have ever seen.

  • OvaChicken

    I never seen it but i know its sic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I remember Vince Carter back in the day did something similar. Literally just caught the ball in the midair.

  • underdog

    It’s a block AND a steal.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    son you better put them car keys back!


    he should have gotten a tech for that mean mug right there. Dwight will never get away with that

  • Logan

    what is better than owned? whatever it is….thats it right there

  • http://google c_cantrell

    reminds me of when some dude tried to shoot over charles barkley from the the block and chuck just jumps straight up and grabs the ball in mid-air as it hits its apex n then begins the fast break.. dude was something else.. but props to mcgee, this more than makes up for those horrible free throw line dunk attempts earlier in the season

  • T-Money

    honestly, i don’t know if i’ve ever seen a better block.

  • sutphin

    Sick sick block. I sure wish he was wearing a Knicks uni. All this kid needs is a work ethic and some good guidance. He gonna be a problem on d.

  • Anthony

    if dwight did that more often … The magic would when more games

  • el_larsen

    can’t find it but cwebb did it in his rookie years in golden state

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    kg in the western conference finals against…i forget who did something similar. not to take anything away from this

  • Jer dawg

    Oh my goodness! That’s just insane!!! Stare down the man trying that stuff

  • Riggs

    too bad he’s a knucklehead.

  • All Day

    That’s one of the nastiest blocks I’ve ever seen!

  • dma

    I’m having nightmares. I can’t imagine what Wes Matthews is seeing.

  • dummdidumdumm

    LaPhonso Ellis!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    JaVale makes some really nice plays, he just needs to chill with all the posturing, especially when his team is getting blown out.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    no he needs to show heart whether his team is winning or losing

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    love this guy

  • Cizzo

    That’s how you clean up an attempt….Mr. Erasermate…..

  • c.a

    wasn’t a dunk, he didn’t even touch the rim.
    Oh sorry, thought this was slam of the day, that is how close they usually get to ‘dunking’

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @C_cantrell Not sure how your comment relates to mine. Staring a guy down after blocking his shot is not showing heart. Nor is hanging on the rim and screaming after a dunk in the 4th quarter of a 15 point loss. Playing hard and tough and not taking any crap for 48 minutes is how you show heart.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I feel like SLAM is sending me a subliminal shout out with the LaPhonso Ellis reference for, the other day I called Tyler Hansbrough LaPhonso Ellis Jr. lol (ahem, as I clear my throat)
    Also, that block by McGee has me on his bandwagon. We can only imagine what kind of… skill it takes, along with natural gifts to do that.
    He’s going to be a very good player, in my opinion.

  • OvaChiken in G Major

    Props to Javale . Boy got a real attitude problem !! Lovin it.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    I think everyone is forgetting that Kareem was one of the very first ones to do this, if not THE very first. Look it up.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    thank you for the Laphonso Ellis reference. Exactly what I thought after I saw McGee’s block. Anyway, block of the year indeed, wow.

  • flipnoyce

    Very nice block indeed but I wouldn’t go as far as “block of the decade” we have 9 3/4 years to go to decide that!

  • Josh

    I think they meant of the past decade, idiot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    That was so gangsta! All he needed to do is bust out the “Hakeem Not In My House” shaking his finger salute. Im just saying, like Holy Baller said. Pay Homage young SkyWalker.

  • c.a

    @Mars- DIKEMBE!!!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @Holy Baller:
    Great call.
    Great name, too.

  • fruizm

    amazing block….but javale’s biggest highlight he will ever have is his mom making out with dr. j!

  • flipnoyce

    @Josh- Idiot huh, did it says past decade? Learn how to read dummy! Assuming made you look like an ASS. I hope you know what a decade is!!!

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Forgive me, y’all, I can’t see the video at work, but did he just catch the ball in midair?
    Cause that’s done all the time, actually.
    Unless dude went up REALLY high to get it, and again I’m not able to see it, I don’t think it’s the “block of the year”.

  • Mas

    Does that count a FGA or TO? I mean I feel bad for the Blazer but DAMN! He might never ever be able to live that one down. EVER! I just picture his next family reunion! EVER EVER!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He cupped the shot. Its not block of the year, and is actually what more players should start doing. I always teach young bigs to block with two hands and to either keep the ball in play, or catch it. That’s if they jump, but still this should be more regular then it is.

  • D-Block

    smh @nbk…because everybody is cupping shots out of the air these days. Great block!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    didn’t say it was bad or anything. Its a great block, but its not block of the year IMO

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    JaVale then tried effortlessly and shamelessly to register nine more blocks of the year, 10 rebounds and 10 points.

  • Hursty

    Dwight did this a couple of years ago. McGee’s was more impressive though. Dwight caught a floated. McGee erased a dunk.

  • Hursty

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GISDKqmkFbk&feature=related Jordan’s block as a Wizard on Ron Mercer is great too.

  • Hursty

    Here’s that video of Barkley if anyone wants to watch it. It’s about 1/2 way through a compilation video.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    nothing wrong with showing some passion bro.. more players need to show some passion as well

  • hambone

    laphonso ellis,c-webb,and smith stopped..smith stopped…smith stopped agiain by pippen

  • larrylegend

    laphonso’s was one of a kind;
    this was very nice.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Laphonso’s is the best of all time. Though Manute Bol’s 4 in a row is right up there too.

  • 7

    count it as a block and a steal

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    c_cantrell: about showing passion: when a player shows passion, he gets a T.

    I think I read somewhere that McGee got a block and a rebound out of this.

  • zach c

    The year is not over…

  • Glenn

    I like Maxiell’s block on Chandler in 2008

  • SMIK

    nothing beats LaPhonso Ellis block but this is the next best thing to it. GREAT BLOCK!

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Whoo!!! JaVale did the damn thang!!!!

  • True H

    YOWZERS. If only he showed that kind of defensive presence more consistently

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    Good Block!

  • http://jojo.com Max

    @ C_C, u can’t show emotion because of the Sternbot.