We’ve already discussed LeBron James’ historic chase-down block on Andre Iguodala inside the final minute of Game 7 during the 2016 NBA Finals. It’s a moment that will be replayed again and again in any significant Finals montage ever put together from this moment forward, joining Ray Allen’s near corner three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals, Michael Jordan’s shrug in Game 1 of the 1992 Finals and mid-air hand switch in the ’91 Finals against the Lakers.
Because oral histories are all the rage these days, ESPN did one of their own a week after said chase-down block. At first we were going to skip it, but then we wanted to hear what LeBron thought, and more importantly, what Iggy’s reaction was to his go-ahead layup getting snuffed at the board at such a critical juncture in the game.
Here’s Iggy, per ESPN:
“He’s been doing that all series. He’s made some great plays for their team. What he’s done for them and tried to help build there finally came to fruition. They won a championship, and give those guys a lot of credit.”
Steph Curry, who dished the ball to Iggy for the layup, had a response, too:
“I didn’t see him until the end. I was focused on trying to get the ball to [Iguodala] at the right time, and he’s very crafty around the rim. LeBron made a great play on the ball, chase-down block. He just made a great play. That’s pretty much all you can say.”