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JaVale McGee with off-the-backboard alley-oop to himself (VIDEO)

Jan 24, 2013, 9:24 AM EDT

George Karl has his moments of frustration with JaVale McGee, but he also sees the potential. McGee is a guy capable of making a highlight play every time he touches the ball — sometimes those highlights end up on “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” sometimes on the SportsCenter top 10.

This is one of the good ones — he stops on a dime, goes under Omer Asik, which creates space enough to pass off the backboard to himself for the alley-oop. (By the way, it seems to come up in a comment/email every time there is one of these off-the-backboard passes — it is legal. The NBA rulebook specifically addresses how you can pass off the backboard to yourself. Seriously. Go look it up.)

  1. money2long - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    and wow! very savvy play by javale! aka pierre if you didn’t know.

  2. money2long - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    ***here is why i always thought off-the-backboard catches and finishes were legal, without even taking a look at the official ruling of it.

    to me, just like when the ball hits off of a referee, the ball is considered deflected and still in play. the backboard acts in the same manner. when you pass it off the backboard, i consider that to be a deflection, which is why i don’t believe you get an assist to yourself on the play.

    the backboard is in bounds, so when you deflect the ball off of it, you are still legally able to go up and finish in the air.

  3. zerole00 - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Would have been better if McGee was having one of his WTF moments and that was the Nugget’s basket he was scoring on.

  4. kaartman - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    You forgot to mention that the reason he put his finger across his lips after the play is because he had a mustache tattooed on his finger. Seriously.

  5. brutl - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    LOL at the finger smell at the end. Whats up with that?

    • texxxasmade - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      You didin’t see him scratch his cornhole afterward? I heard he likes the smell of week old unshowered booty on his fanger…look at the vid again and watch him itch it.

  6. quizon42 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    He has a mustache tattoo on his finger.

  7. tommy972 - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Curious as to why people would think a pass off the glass is illegal. Technically it would be a shot attempt. But do they credit you for the offensive rebound?

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM


  8. texxxasmade - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    And taht was the Rocket’s commentators that were hyped about that, guess Nuggets’ were asleep?

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