As we are waiting for the 2010-2011 season to get underway, which is starting to get underway in Europe and still a little over a month away for the NBA, it is a good time to have a look back at some of the top plays from the 2009-2010 season.
Here are the top 10 blocks in the NBA from the 2009-2010 NBA season provided by nba.com. A few of these blocks are so incredible because they took place in the closing seconds of a close game. So much attention is given to a game-winning shot but not nearly enough attention is given to a game winning block. As coaches a game winning block is like a dream come true. It is one of the few moments in the game where a defender is playing with the necessary “sense of urgency.” The majority of defenders at the end of the game are trying to prevent things, while someone that makes a last second block or takes a charge or makes a good block out in the closing seconds has the attitude that coaches strive to instill in our players on every posession: I’M GOING TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY SO THAT YOU GUYS DON’T SCORE UNTIL WE HAVE THE BALL IN OUR POSESSION.
A game winning block (or charge or block out) is one of the few moments in the game where a defender is playing with the necessary “sense of urgency.”
Nate Robinson’s block on Shaq brings back memories of Jordan’s legendary block on Patrick Ewing. A few differences (1) Shaq right now is no match for Patrick Ewing in his prime and (2) Robinson drops down from the strong side to make the block, see if you can find Jordan on this play…he comes in from the weak side wing…
Why was Jordan one of the best all time on D???? ANTICIPATION (check out where he comes from…)
Kevin Durant learned first hand in 2009-2010 about the importance of blocked shots at the end of games and put those lessons to work this summer in a game that I think was huge in terms of the US gaining confidence heading into the World Championships
Wait a second…I’ve seen that play before at the end of the game coming from a Boeheim 2-3 zone…
Let’s take a look at what almost always happens at the end of games. The offense goes to the glass and the defense watches…You think Sergi Ibaka (#9) would have been a little more focused if the last play involved him shooting the ball instead of making a solid box-out on Gasol?