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Sandro Mamukelashvili makes gravity-defying circus shot

Magic or just good old fashioned physics?

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Almost the instant the Spurs signed him last season, fans have been in love with Sandro Mamukelashvili, and not just because his nickname of Mamu sounds very similar to another fan favorite and legend, but he’s also a lot of fun. He brings plenty of energy on the court, and off it he’s the source of many laughs for both fans and his teammates. (I still laugh every time I see the video of him trying to force an acrophobic Jeremy Sochan to look out the windows of the Tower of the Americas.)

Mamu’s latest viral video came courtesy of Clutch Sports’ Spurs correspondent Hector Ledesma, who captured him making a gravity-defying shot at practice yesterday. He starts by lofting the ball up from the left side of the rim, and it briefly leaves the camera frame, and then comes back down from the right and into the hoop. Mamu basks in the moment as the cheers reign in.

It looks like magic, but Ledesma gives the trick away by saying he used the ceiling beams to make it happen. We get a brief glimpse in the video that they rectangular, so it’s probably an extreme bank shot off the side of one of the beams. Still, highly impressive, and somehow I get the feeling that may have even been his first attempt because it’s so casual. Even in hard times, it’s good to see the players still having fun.

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