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Danilo Gallinari throws it off the backboard to himself for the dunk against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

Dec 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

No one is going to confuse the game of Danilo Gallinari with that of, say, Tracy McGrady. But pulling a stunt like this, and doing so successfully in a real live NBA contest that counts in the standings is not only bold, but it’s also damn impressive.

With Denver trailing by two and under nine-and-a-half minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Gallinari began his drive from the wing, behind the three-point arc. Marreese Speights does a good job defending, forcing Gallinari to pick up his dribble about 17 feet out, while not leaving his feet once the pivoting and faking begins.

But he couldn’t possibly have expected what came next.

Gallinari goes up and under, before tossing the ball off the backboard, and then sprinting by his defender to catch the perfectly legal pass to himself. He times his jump perfectly, and catches the ball before throwing it down with two hands for the highlight-reel slam.

Just a ridiculous play to pull off in a tight game, and one that coming from Gallinari, was likely completely unexpected.

[via @cjzero]

  1. 13fitzj - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    It’s impressive…….but did he not change his pivot foot in the process?

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      “There’s no such thing as ‘traveling’ in the NBA” – Charles Barkley

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    i shared the same reaction as every single person in that video….

    wtf? did we really just allow that? to……him…….

  3. juanandonly24 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    What an obvious travel lol

    • albertmn - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Well, not in the NBA, where you get an extra half step for every 4 years in the league.

  4. beardsanity - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    You are allowed to take 1 step after you establish your pivot foot. Which makes his move 100% legal.

  5. uscthom78 - Dec 15, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Kobe couldn’t do that. He would have had to take 10 steps.

  6. manchestermiracle - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Once your pivot foot leaves the floor you must pass or shoot before it comes back down. He took a shot. That “pass” off the backboard counts as a shot. Either way it wasn’t a travel.

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