Aaron Gordon with the nasty LaPhonso Ellis type block on Tyler Zeller
Aaron Gordon put in some good minutes against the Celtics and put up 11 points, 8 rebounds, a steal and 1 insanely nasty block on Tyler Zeller in just 20 minutes of action.
The block was reminiscent of LaPhonso Ellis’ mid air catch/block on Brian Davis 20 years ago.
I don’t get too many opportunities to brag about the Phonz and I’m expecting many more of these highlights from Gordon so I’m going to hijack this thread from myself and talk about Ellis.
The #5 pick from the impressive 92 draft doesn’t get mentioned in many of those “if it wasn’t for injuries” articles that are usually headlined by Penny and Grant Hill but Ellis was an All-Star in the making before a series of career ending injuries. Somehow he found ways to bounce back and even returned as a 3 point threat (he made 95 3-pointers in 1996 and only had 13 in his previous 4 seasons) one season after injuries took away his bounce.
His first major injury came during his 3rd season when he injured his knee. He lost half of his 4th season to a knee injury and then ruptured his Achilles tendon during his 5th season. A hernia then plagued the rest of his career until he retired in 2003 (no he did not retire because Jordan broke his ankles – video below).
Ask anybody who has ever met or known the Phonz’ and they will tell you how big of a class act he his. Ask anybody that remembers him dunking on Patrick Ewing or blocking Brian Davis and they will tell you how absolutely nasty he was.