Vlade blocks Kobe’s dunk & MJ’s worst dunk rejection | Top 10 Blocks of 1997/98

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| May 10th, 2013 | 3,964 Views

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One of the best draft steals, trades or however you want phrase it to ever happen on draft night was during the 1996 draft when the Charlotte Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant with the 13th pick and then traded him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac to fill the void left by Alonzo Mourning.  Looking back, obviously the Hornets wouldn’t of traded one of the top 10 best players in history for a top 10 center of that season but remember they needed a center and they had Glen Rice who was a 2nd team All-NBA player that year.

2 years later, the two traded players had a meeting at the rim as Kobe had his first dunk attempt blocked courtesy of Mr Divac.  The block was good enough to make the top 10 blocks of the year although I think it should of been higher.  Kobe would also make another appearance on the list but this time he was doing the blocking as he swatted Kevin Johnson’s layup.

The #2 block should of been #1 because there’s only been a couple instances of Michael Jodan having his dunk blocked and none of them were as nasty as this David Vaughn rejection.


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