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.