WATCH: LeBron James Pays Tribute to Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo After Insane Chasedown Block

Published 12/12/2021, 11:17 PM EST
Feb 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers hosted a struggling Orlando Magic side at home in their 27th game of the season. However, the game didn’t go as planned for the Lakers as they were seven points behind already in the first quarter. LeBron James has made headlines once again as he cleaned up Russell Westbrook’s mess with an insane block.

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On a night the Lakers continue to struggle, LeBron James comes up with an insane highlight yet again. After struggling in the first quarter, the Lakers bounced back in the 2nd quarter and closed down their gap to 3 points.

Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates his go ahead basket in the overtime against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have been the best performers of the game so far for the Lakers with 11 & 10 points, respectively. However, LeBron made an insane chase-down block in the game as he blocked R.J. Hampton, who tried to score after Westbrook lost the ball.

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LeBron James does ‘the Mutombo’ after a chase-down block vs the Magic

During the 2nd quarter, Westbrook lost the possession to the Magic defense, and the Magic initiated a counter. R.J. Hampton received a pass from his teammate and he had a clear way to score. Then comes LeBron James and his art of chase-down block.

James comes from behind, blocks Hampton, and celebrates with by doing Dikembe Mutombo’s finger wag celebration.

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8-time All-Star and 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Dikembe Mutombo created the ‘finger wag’ celebration, popularly known as the Mutombo celebration. He is the 2nd-best shot-blocker in the history of the NBA, only behind Hakeem Olajuwon. Mutombo averaged a double-double for most of his 18-year-old playing career. However, nothing lived longer than his finger wag celebration.

LeBron James’ chase-down block, followed by a Mutombo celebration, is one for the history books. This is not the first time we’re witnessing a chase-down block. Players have been doing it for a long time, but James’ blocks are way more powerful than others.

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His block from behind sends a powerful message to the opposition that there’s the possibility of the shot being blocked before it enters the rim.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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