Shaq and the Lakers were red hot going into the 1998 playoffs. They just won 11 of their last 12 games and Shaq was looking as dominant as he’s ever looked. Their first round opponents were the Portland Jailblazers, led by an extra talkative Issiah Rider, who was out to “kill” Eddie Jones.
Although Rider did have his way with EJ in game one, the real murder came courtesy of Shaq, who had his way with all of Portland’s big men (Sheed, Grant, Sabonis) and threw down a RIP-worthy dunk on backup center Kelvin Cato. Cato did manage to block three shots during his 11 minutes of PT, but it’s this unsuccessful block attempt on Shaq that will always be reposted on blogs and sites counting down the best dunks ever.
It was even featured as a “Slam a da month” in Slam Magazine…
The Lakers would go on to sweep the Blazers 4-0 and the next time the teams met, this was the Blazers defensive strategy on Shaq.
As for Kelvin Cato, he would end up being traded to the Rockets in the blockbuster Scottie Pippen deal. After playing a few years in H-Town. he was traded to the Magic in the McGrady blockbuster deal and it was in Orlando where he would earn his biggest paychecks and get dunked on by Tracy McGrady.