LeBron James turns 33 on Saturday, and while it doesn’t appear that he ever intends to age, he has racked up quite a few highlight blocks in his day.
In honor of his birthday, BallisLife has compiled the best individual chase down block in each of LeBron’s 14 completed seasons in the league (the 15th being currently underway, of course):
Celebrating LeBron James' birthday today with his BEST chasedown block from every season of his NBA career (2003-2017) pic.twitter.com/FvfzKGzrvo— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 30, 2017
It’s amazing to see how much the chase down has become the defining play for LeBron’s career. He’s an amazing passer, finisher, shooter, and on-ball defender, but the simple fact of the matter is this - nobody has been able to wipe out fast breaks quite like LeBron in NBA history, and the most defining individual play of his career was wiping out Andre Iguodala’s layup in the 2016 Finals.
If you’ll recall, there was a time early in LeBron’s first season back in Cleveland, plagued by back problems, that we genuinely wondered if that part of his career was past him. He didn’t have much explosion, and he just couldn’t get to top gear like he used to.
It was nice to be wrong to wonder that, and there doesn’t seem to be any limit to James athleticism. The day he can’t wipe out an opponent’s fast break layup will be a sad one.