Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  96 responses

Video: LeBron James Throws Alley-Oop to Himself

Who needs teammates when a backboard will suffice, James surely thought to himself last night in Indy:


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  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Travel! :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Almost perfect.

  • Jonathan

    He took that one out of Kobe’s playbook. Not quite as smooth but still pretty nice. lol

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    and kobe took it out of Jamal crawfords playbook… who took it outta t-macs playbook

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben Collins

    Yep, that’s still a travel.

  • Red Star

    Wow! I’ve never seen anyone do that in a game before! LMFAO!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nafanator

    Does that count as a rebound, assist and basket?

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Can’t be an assist. Wonder if it counts as a shot attempt?

  • Josh

    @Red Star, watch kobe play. He has done that so many times. T-Mac did it in all-star games and I can’t vouch for Crawford, but Mamba has rocked that move for a longg time.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    They all stole it from Luther Head, who used to do the move from the 3 point line in high school.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @Ben Collins or Nick Fleming, please explain how that is a travel. i don’t see it, but i could be wrong.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    2000 Chicago v NY AllStar Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnXiua66KbE

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @dfrance21 no travel, just excuse them guys. Anyways, goodness grief did he explode to the ball after the lob!!! dude was movin! lmao

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    and for you travel police don’t just say “travel” without even attempting to give an explanation. Pick up a basketball and play a little more often

  • Kas


  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    TBRK I figured. There are 5-6 travel police on every highlight thread nowadays.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    co-sign TBRK

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    My travel call was more of a play on everyone calling the DWade highlight a travel, thus the smiley face.

  • LaketShow

    yeah thats kobes. ha its good to copy the greats though..

  • JTaylor21

    Only fat slobs, who sit at home on their couches gorging on tortilla chips think that’s a travel.

  • DNz15′s

    That was pretty awesome.. But I think he landed before he tossed the ball. Travel. No?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Nice play, would have been better if he would have been even better if he got a clean dunk. But wow – still a very nice play.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He clearly established his pivot and then shuffled both feet before the ball left his hand…travel

  • unrel

    whatever.. they took that out of my playbook.. when i was a kid rim rockin the nerf hoop.. who cares who did it first.. because none of them did it first.. nice play, though..

  • the truth

    how is that a travel? pivot foot stays down until he releases the ball

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    For the suckling pigs that think this was “stolen” from Kobe….Larry Bird did this (albeit, without a dunk) back in the early 80′s….and I’m certain this move was patented on a street ball court somewhere in this country. STFU with your continued stupidity for once.

  • ron

    naw it wasnt a travel u lebron haters. it looks like it, but with close examination, his feet are in the air when they get all sprawled up. by the time he lands back down, the ball is out of his hands.

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    co-sign Eboy

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Out of Kobe’s playbook… still laughin’.
    He didn’t invent it.
    And it is a travel if you know the rules.

  • Jalepino Sauce Age

    It happened so quick no one could react fast enough. apart from THE KING . TITE !!!

  • http://www.nba.com/heat/ The Angel of Stern

    oh and also, why are people such haters ? If that was kobe, or whoever their favorite player is I bet they wouldn’t try so hard to depreciate what was a great play …

  • Jalepino Sauce Age

    Travel Police = lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    actually according to the NBA rulebook it is a travel. You can throw a non-shot to yourself, only if you catch it in the air (which he did), and treat the non-shot pass as if you had lost your dribble. Basically you can do what he did, as long as you don’t “travel,” and two steps from a standstill is a travel. I only know this because I lost $20.00 betting on the rules on that same type of play

  • Sparker

    t-mac did it in the all-star game once. now that was cool.

  • burnt_chicken

    is it reflexive when Eboy hates haters?

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Who’s James Shirley?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Chris Bosh going behind the back was the true second highlight of the game after the hail mary alley oop

  • Hyxas

    @The Black Rick Kamla
    It definitely is a travel!!
    Because he throws the ball to the ring/backboard he is only allowed to catch the ball himself if the ball has touched the ring. If not, it’s a travel.

  • http://7h02.eu frednetick

    First player i’ve seen doing it was Felipe Lopez @ st johns i guess..;

  • http://7h02.eu frednetick

    And T-Mac has done it in an ASG !

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The idiocy of the modern day basketball fan is amplified each day as I read the most stupid things each day on this site. It’s truly mind-numbing.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    How is that a travel? He didn’t move his pivot, and you’re allowed to grab your own “rebound”. And pump fake off the glass is “Kobe’s move” but so what? The man has 5 rings, so why not copy 5 rings?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    its not a shot attempt. its the same concept as saving the ball to yourself

  • marc

    this isn’t new but still nice. Cleary NOT a travel. lol

  • marc

    im a kobe fan but this wasn’t created by kobe. yea he does it but almost everybody done this move before (if you truly play basketball and not 2k)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    proper use of this type of play happened in an all star game, when Steph Marbury threw a pass to himself from behind Vlade Divac’s back and shot it off the catch in the air, without taking steps. That is legal. I am only explaining what is a travel by the book, because obviously this play happens a lot, (McGrady, Carter, Kobe, LeBron, Dwyane, Bird, Ron Harper) and NEVER gets called.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Uhm, nitwit central….example: if you make a post move and miss the rim and hit the backboard and catch the miss on a hook shot, up and under, whatever, it’s not a travel. It’s the same concept here. The only time you HAVE to hit the rim (and not just backboard) is on a free-throw attempt that you are intentionally trying to miss for an extra possession.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Moses Malone was the king of this move.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    A pass and a miss are different things Eboy. Read the rulebook, I have, it specifies Shot Attempt. Unless you give LeBron a miss, and count that as a shot, its a travel. By the rules, not in my opinion

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Are we certain he wasn’t trying to make the shot….and if that’s the case in the rule book(which obviously it’s not) how was Kobe’s, McGrady’s and everyone else’s not called off as a self pass? Simple. The rule is not enforced, therefore, it doesn’t apply.

  • paul

    Not only is that stupid, but it’s a travel. Lebron set for a shot, then hopped, then took a scoop shot. Blatant travel. And all for the sake of showing off, and looking stupid in the process. I mean, if you are gonna do a showoff play, something a bit more dazzling please?

    It’s a funny window into the Heat’s psychology that they reacted to the painful defeat in Boston by trying to show off extra against Indiana. Kid stuff.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that’s literally what I said at 2:51, by the book its a travel, but its never called

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I actually stand corrected, the rule is different in the NCAA book then the NBA book. Here is the NBA rule –
    f. A player who attempts a field goal may not be the first to touch the ball if it fails to
    touch the backboard, basket ring or another player.
    g. A player may not be the first to touch his own pass unless the ball touches his backboard, basket ring or another player

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    No sh*t, nbk, that’s what I WAS TRYING TO SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smiley face in words.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In the NCAA a player may touch any legitimate field goal attempt, regardless of it touching the rim or backboard. Passes must touch the rim or another player, or the player who through the pass must not take more then the available number of steps to catch and release the ball in mid-air.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol atleast I looked it up and proved myself wrong, rather then flaming about how I am a know it all like some people do on this site

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    NCAA has kiddie rules.

  • Cizzo

    Boooooooooooooooooo!!!! All those hops and he couldn’t flush that clean….

  • Mark Lewis

    The real highlight from this game was the baseline fallaway that D Wade hit!!!

  • Dagger

    Lebron could do a cartwheel in the air before dunking it and half the people who saw it would still say that it’s A) illegal, B) been done before, or that C) Kobe did it better.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    How could he do a cartwheel in the air? A cartwheel using no hands is called an aerial…I’m dripping with sarcasm.

  • Benji

    Kobe’s smoother and more graceful for sure….. but still really nice though!!! I like creative basketball

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Average….and for someone with such ‘amazing’ hops for a guy 6ft 8″ tall…he couldn’t dunk it at the end? Piss poor clip.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    It sort of looks like a travel to me. You’re allowed to throw it up against the backboard, but to me it looks like he LANDS before he tosses it (the classic Charles Barkley move!).
    It’s realllllly too fast for me to be certain though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    It would be interesting to see who among the loser’s above could even make the pass of the backboard by themselves in a park with no one else around. I’d say the percentage is probably 0.88%.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy


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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    and dunk it? I’d say the % is 0.00 – if you could make that pass and dunk it, then your not on slamonline, your in europe or asia trying to make it pro. Or your wasting potential

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    nbk, you think the ability to dunk gives you the talent to go pro?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I wouldn’t even broach the idea of dunking it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Nicolas, I think what nbk was implying is that if you could pull off this move, in real life, in a game situation, amongst above level talent, you probably have an exceptional skill level.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    I guess I vastly overestimate the ability of people who love basketball. I would think anyone that posts in the comment section for SLAM on a regular basis would have some basketball experience, and a pass off glass to yourself is not difficult. Now, in a game situation it would be impressive, but Eboy’s all-alone at a park situation would only be difficult in a tornado.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    @Eboy, I was looking at nbk’s comment as going off of your proposed situation at a park and dunking with nobody around, but maybe that was just me.

  • Michael

    lol this isnt anybodies move, lots of ballers do this. Tmac has done this like four or five times not just in all star game. Saw him even do it in a summer league game once.

  • Jalepino Sauce Age

    It wasn’t a show off move to any REAL ballaz as you can see even though it looks that way, he was just trying to get the ball in the hole. It seems he was in that funny position where he was pumped and felt that if he J,d it was going to be too hard so he threw it up there & got it while beeing tripped. Within an extremely short peiod of time if you know whatim saying :-) It’s 1 of those plays where the ref could have called a tavel but imagine if he called a foul. SLAM would HAVE MELTED DOWN & Brian Crawford would to have to get LBJ 23 tatooed on his forehead. It wouldn’t be difficult to hold em down. All the Nerds at his old school still laugh at that one to this day. sorry B just EPMD thats all :-) One !! ps. @Dagger : When it comes to self alley-oops T-MAC in The All-STAR GAME brought it the TIGHTEST , HE JUST DIDN’T GIVE A F### !!! !! cmon` don`t front eFF Kobe !!! he whack

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My comment isn’t going through, so i’ma shorten it, basically I know 2 people that can throw the ball from the ft line, off the backboard, catch it and dunk it, in one motion. One is a professional basketball player in holland, the other is a lazy kid with professional athlete level athletic ability that was too focused on off the court stuff to even work on his game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This is from a standstill, I know quite a few people that can catch the ball off a bounce or throw off the backboard from a running start and dunk it, but not from a standstill 15 feet from the hoop.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Got ya and now your comment makes complete and total sense to me.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    word man, i can see the confusion though

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh if you count playing against Kenny Dobbs at runs then I know 3 people. Cuz that dude can do that, and prolly put it through his legs.

  • fruizm

    whoever said kobe copied crawford….hes right!!crawford did a couple of those like in 2005 but he dunked them too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547860583 bashmo

    Great play by Lebron. People who are saying it’s a travel are plain haters. This man is the MVP right now, but it pains me to say that. But I give props where its due and the dude is looking like for a third time the league’s most valuable player.

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    He took that one from Kobe’s playbook lol!!!
    Each time Lebron wins an MVP Kobe win The Finals MVP sooo Lebron you get that MVP!!!

  • T-Money

    I know A LOT of people that can do that by themselves alone in the gym or in a dunk contest, including me (I played university ball in Canada). I’ve never met anyone who has done it in a game. Doing it by yourself and doing it in a game are VERY different things.

  • Ebot

    way to su(k at life you guys!

  • Kas

    way to promote freedom of speech slam. might as well say this: suck my balls Slam, while you’re sucking leBrons anyways…

  • Kas

    wow they posted my “suck my balls” comment but not my LeBron-critical comment. Does Nike own Slamonline.com now?

  • http://slamonline.com JJAkroyd

    I did this in a rec league game over here in Australia and got called for an ‘AIR TRAVEL’, not even kidding. Needless to the say, me and this ref don’t get along well.

  • http://slamonline.com JJAkroyd

    Without the dunk of course.


    T macs was better. I think he did it like twice if im correct


    Sh*t. I did it @ the 6 ft kiddie hoops @ the elementary. Hops baby! Haha!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Uh, does it count if I bounced the ball off the glass so my FRIEND could catch it in the air and dunk it? Cause I’ve done that like three or four times, then.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    In Australia you get called for a travel because we have some of the worst officiating at the ‘grass roots’ level I’ve ever seen.
    LeBron didn’t travel on this play, he did well not to travel considering he got tripped up.

  • http://slamonline.com Michael

    You Lebron haters are an absolute joke.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Larry did it waaaay better.