LaPhonso Ellis and arguably the best block of all-time
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The cherry on top in this video is Dikembe Mutombo pointing his finger at Brian Davis after Davis had his dunk blocked/stolen/destroyed/whatever you want to call it. But it wasn’t Deke that got the block, that credit goes to LaPhonso 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.