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LeBron James Rejects Monta Ellis with Chase Down Block

In mid-March last year, Brian Windhorst wrote an article detailing a new statistic the Cavaliers began to keep track of called the chase-down block. They noticed that LeBron James was getting a bunch of blocks from behind in transition in what became a signature move for King James. Ball Don’t Lie even posted a compilation video of LeBron’s chase down blocks to showoff some of his highlights. On Tuesday night, LeBron’s move was on display against the Warriors. Check out the video of LeBron James’ chase down block on Monta Ellis:

Man, he just rejected that with extreme force. Monta supposedly wants out of Golden State because he’s unhappy with his relationship with Don Nelson who’s not winning many people over in Oakland. At this point Monta might want to get out of there just to escape the embarrassment from that play. Yikes.

Guess We Know How Monta Ellis Spent His Time Off

UPDATE: Many more Monta Ellis tattoo pics below

I was pretty excited to watch the Cavs/Warriors game Friday night for several reasons. For one, the back end of the ESPN Friday night double-header was the Winter X Games. Secondly, the Clippers/Thunder were the only opposite game on the West Coast. Third, any game in which LeBron is playing is interesting. And lastly, the game marked the return of Monta Ellis. Monta really impressed me last year as he emerged to average over 20ppg in only his third year in the league. Most of all, it’s the youngster’s quickness that separates him from the competition. As a restricted free agent, the Warriors signed him to a big deal, and he went out and celebrated by hurting his ankle in a moped incident. In addition to rehabbing the past several months, it seems pretty clear what else was taking up Ellis’ time — the tattoo chair:

Pre-2008 and 2008 Tattoos

2009 MONTA ELLIS TATTOOS

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It was hard to tell all the ink he added from that picture, but that’s the best I could find. He has em all up and down both arms, on his chest, and his legs. Not to predict the future or anything, but wasn’t it when Josh Hamilton was hurt that he got all tatted out? As for the actual game Ellis did handle the ball going up the court on most possessions, but the Warriors really ran their offense through Stephen Jackson all night. Jax was great down the stretch knocking down a pair of jumpers over LeBron to give the Warriors the lead both times, but LeBron hit the game-winner over Turiaf as time expired. It will be interesting to see the Golden State offense operate when Jamal Crawford joins Ellis in the back court (Crawford was a late scratch). Still shouldn’t change the outcome of many of their games but they have a weird combination going on.