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LeBron James chases down Kemba Walker, swats his shot into the stands (VIDEO)

Nov 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

In a normal game where the outcome is uncertain and every possession matters, blocking an opponent’s shot so hard that it goes flying a couple rows back into the stands isn’t the most intelligent basketball play.

But it sure is fun to watch.

LeBron James caught Kemba Walker on the fast break and came through with the chase-down rejection in Miami’s win in Charlotte on Saturday, but the fundamentally correct play in that situation is to try to keep the ball in play by tapping it to a teammate to create a live-ball turnover if at all possible.

Considering, however, that the Heat were probably not losing to this Bobcats team (even without the suspended Mario Chalmers), the intimidation factor combined with the entertainment value made LeBron’s choice here the wise decision.

  1. ranfan12 - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Lol, I thought this was going to be a full court chasedown. Looked like he was right there with him for the most part

    • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      agreed.

  2. jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Only a pea brain LOSER can’t see the greatness of LeBron.

  3. nghtrder169 - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Lebron is GREAT… BUT that wasn’t a “chase-down” lol… Half the break he was ahead of Walker, the other half he was right there with him just coasting… Nice play, but it isnt one of Lebrons signature “chase-down” blocks

    • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      lebron is known for those chase down blocks. this certainly was not one of them. the block is attributed more to kemba not paying a bit of attention as to who is around him, rather than lebron racing back to defend

  4. mikeythelectrician - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Sorry lebron is great but he is not intimidating at all he is built like a 9″ taller titus young. 6’8″ 255 listed pffffff, friggin tebow was 6’3″ 245 with a 6 pack, best basketball player ever yup but about as intimidating as manut bol

    • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      i know that nobody could ever be stupid enough to produce the above statement. so im giving you a thumbs up for telling a good joke. those 44 thumbs down ppl…you had them going… not me tho

      thumbs up to you

  5. goat23 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    mikeytheelectrician: i think you need to expand your definition of intimidating beyond physical measurements, your viewpoint is too narrow

  6. antistratfordian - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    “There’s only like one other person that’s more scarier than LeBron, and that’s God.”

    — George Hill

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Smacking that weak stuff into the stands is worth the price of admission.

    • belleby123 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      When did he ever do that to Bosh?

  8. tcclark - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Actually if you watch the video from a true basketball perspective. Kemba Walker’s defensive play is better than Lebron’s. Kemba steals the ball and creates a turnover, whereas Lebron hits the ball out of bounds when he could have easily gotten in front of him and you know…. played defense. Forcing a missed basket and keeping the ball in play would have created a fast break for Miami (assuming the get the rebound).

    And while I’m nitpicking… it was goaltending. On the replay you can see that the ball had started to come down when his hand came in contact with it. That’s goaltending.

    Kemba steal > Lebron goaltend

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