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LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:36 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 10:25 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

Go ahead and book it: this is the greatest blocked shot you will see during the 2011-2012 NBA season.

Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James threw down a vicious one-hand dunk during the fourth quarter of a Tuesday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats. One problem, though. As the ball went through the rim cleanly, Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson flew underneath the basket in a failed attempt to contest the play. James' dunk bounced off of Henderson's head and back through the rim, richocheting out clear to midcourt.

The officials apparently thought James' dunk either clanged off the bang rim or was blocked by Henderson and let play continue without counting the basket. James protested mightily, to no avail.

The Heat went on to beat the Bobcats, 96-95, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. 

Here's the ridiculous video of LeBron James dunking the ball off of Gerald Henderson's head, only to have the basket not count.

Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:14 am
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

LBJ knocked some shooting into him with that dunk



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:56 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

nice foul only  one finger on the ball after he fauled him with his forearm....hellarious..............

....call the foul.


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Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:16 pm
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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:02 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

Ref most likely thought it hit the heel of the rim and bounced back, instead of off Henderson's head. The correct call would have been Goaltending.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:57 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

Your reference to the rules is a bit ambiguous.  A cylinder by definition does not have a plane.  Additionally, you don't specify which surface of the cylinder needs to be broken.

To be more aptly put, noone can interfere with the ball or the rim once the ball is in the cylinder.  The defender will be called for a goaltend from the point the ball is going down to the point it has gone completely through the basket and considered a score (assuming the ball goes in).  The offensive player will also be called for offensive basket interference if he touches the ball or rim once the ball is in the cylinder.  In this case, its a goaltend, however, it may not have been awarded a block because the refs probably thought James caught iron, in which case its just a missed FG. 



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:33 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

A basket is considered scored when it breaks the plain of the cylinder, unless it pops out under its own power. A defender can not push the ball back through the hoop, whether he is using his hand or head. If that were not the case, Manute Bol could have prevented anyone from scoring by simply using his head.

I agree!  It's a goaltending call.  Even though he hit it with his head, it popped back thru the cylinder from his head....GOALTENDING!!



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:23 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

Bring back Naismith's peach basket!



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:24 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

I fully agree with you and I like your Manute Bol reference. The dunk should have counted. However, if the basket did not count according to the officals, shouldn't Henderson be awarded a blocked shot even if it was off his head? I think it has to be a bucket or a block, not a non call.  



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:22 pm
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

It was a "heads-up" play by Henderson, albiet unintentional....



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:42 am
 

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

A basket is considered scored when it breaks the plain of the cylinder, unless it pops out under its own power.  A defender can not push the ball back through the hoop, whether he is using his hand or head. If that were not the case, Manute Bol could have prevented anyone from scoring by simply using his head.



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