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Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:26 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:20 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant threw a pass to himself off the backboard to set up an assist to All-Star forward Pau Gasol during the fourth quarter of a Friday night game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

It was Bryant's only assist on the night. He finished with 34 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-85 loss to the Knicks. Bryant was overshadowed by a career-high 38 points by Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, as "Linsanity" was at full tilt for much of the evening

Still, this was a remarkable play, as Bryant was clearly trapped, lost his dribble and was dealing with heavy defensive pressure. That a play as unusual and smoothly executed as this -- made by the league's most recognizable star, no less -- could be a footnote shows exactly how big the Lin phenomenon is right now. This is Lin's world, for now, and we're all just living in it.  

Here's video of Bryant's tricky self-pass off the backboard, assist to Pau Gasol combination play against the Knicks.

Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:04 pm
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

richyriches.......obviously you do not watch many laker games. in boston the exact opposite of what you said unfolded. you are just jealous of the 3 5's he has throughout his illustrious career...hater, try these on: 5+ assists(4.7 to be exact), and 5+ rebounds, and 5 rings to go along with his 25+ ppg average. he takes 19.5 shots per game on average throughout his career, but does average over 25 per. so, get your eraser on the 28-30 shots per game and correct your erroneous comment.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

Who cares, he made a play. We've seen this before. He banks it off the backboard to bail himself out from a failed drive to avoid a travel call. I think he would even say who cares and be pissed his team lost to the Knicks.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

I call it classic move, this is Kobe, he will find any kind of way to score and try to get a W. Long live the king!!!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

His only assist. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Kobe is never going to be on the same level as the game all-time greats because of his selfishness. He's always struggled with team play and his FG% has always been very, very mediocre. He scores, true, but it takes him a ton of shots to do it. How mnay times do you look at the Lakers stat sheet and see Kobe: 28 pts, 28-30 shots... sorry that's not impressive. Most players in the league would score 25-30 PPG if you gave them 30 shots to jack up. He's never made his teammates better, even though he's almost always had the most expensive team payroll in the league surrounding him. Hald of the time it looks like his teammates just tune him out. Wouldnt it be frustrating to do all the dirty work on the Def end, pass the ball like you should, and watch Kobe overlook you while being totally open only to jack up a miss in double coverage.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

Now THAT was funny! 



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:04 am
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

FYI, his only assist
Most shooting guards do not pass the ball often. But I have agree one assist is rather pathetic by Kobe standards. 



Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:58 am
 

Kobe Bryant pass to himself off backboard, assist

FYI, his only assist


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