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Lamar Odom Re-Ignites NBA Debate: Was Michael Jordan's Block on Ron Mercer the Greatest of All Time? Don't Miss Out!
2024/05/14

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Watching Michael Jordan play in a Washington Wizards jersey was a surreal sight for most fans.  Gone was the iconic red and black of the Chicago Bulls, replaced by the unfamiliar blue and bronze. But one thing remained constant: MJ still possessed that magical aura that earned him the moniker, Air Jordan.  

A Block that Ignited Debate

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom recently reignited the debate surrounding one of Jordan's defensive plays, a block so emphatic it led Odom to question its place in NBA history.

"Is this the hardest block ever?!? Thoughts?" he challenged on social media.

A Blast from the Past: The 2001-02 Season

The play in question dates back to the 2001-02 NBA season, during Jordan's second comeback.  This time, instead of donning his familiar Bulls jersey, MJ suited up for the Washington Wizards. In a highly anticipated matchup against his former team, Jordan delivered a game-defining block on Ron Mercer that sent shockwaves through the arena.

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The Anatomy of a Legendary Block

After being blocked by Ron Artest on the offensive end, a furious Michael Jordan turned on the jets, determined to make his presence felt on defense. With a burst of speed that belied his 38 years, Jordan rushed down the court in hot pursuit of Mercer.  Leaping high, he swatted away Mercer's shot with both hands, sending the ball crashing against the backboard. 

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