Watch Nate Robinson Deny LeBron James with Rundown Block of the Year

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistMay 10, 2013

Nate Robinson gave LeBron James a taste of his own medicine during the third quarter of the Chicago Bulls' Game 3 tilt against the Miami Heat, elevating for a remarkable chase-down block.

Now, to be fair, the play didn't have nearly the ferocity that marked many of James' signature defensive plays this past season. But considering that Robinson stands nearly a foot shorter than James, the pint-sized spark plug gets a few extra points for degree of difficulty.

In the highlight, it's clear that James thinks he's out of the woods when he avoids the primary defender by employing a little sidestep and shifting the ball to the left side of the rim.

Little did he know that Robinson had been sniffing the play out from the moment he crossed half court.

That Nate Robinson block on LeBron kind of sums up the Bulls' season in one highlight.

— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 11, 2013

The block was all about effort, which is something the shorthanded Bulls know an awful lot about. When one of the shortest players in the history of the league is hustling back to deny the NBA's MVP, you know there's no shortage of energy in Chicago.

Robinson's incredible play gave hope to aspiring defenders everywhere.

Nate Robinson giving me hope that I, someday, can block LeBron James. Maybe.

— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) May 11, 2013

Although, before anyone gets their hopes up, it should be noted that blocks haven't really been a huge part of Robinson's career.

Robinson's swat of LeBron is his 37th block in 560 career games (regular season or Playoffs).

— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) May 11, 2013

It may be a while before Robinson logs No. 38, but given the circumstances, he'll be satisfied with this one for quite some time.