Ball Don't Lie - NBA

Well of course Kobe Bryant(notes) tossed the ball off the backboard and back to himself so that he could nail an open jumper against the Suns on Sunday night. Kobe's got a basketball brain the size of Phil Jackson's ranch in Montana, and Phil Jackson has a very large ranch in Montana.

And when you have a brain this big, along with skills this profound, this is what happens.

[Rewind: Another amazing trick shot]

It's all perfectly legal, of course. Kobe doesn't get an assist to/for himself, and the shot clock doesn't get to start all over after he tosses it off the glass (this is why you don't see players chucking the ball at the backboard with the digits winding down), but the episode is legal and very nice to watch. And it's not as if anyone else was open, though that fact likely won't dissuade some comments.

[Photos: More of Kobe Bryant]

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