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Around-the-World Dribble
Monday , Aug , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Around-the-World Dribble

One of Alimoe’s favourites, this move has the potential to embarrass your defender in a big way.
 
  1. Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
 
  1. Cuff the ball between your hand and wrist and swing it over your defender’s head from right to left.
 
  1. Wrap your arm around your left hip so that the ball bounces behind your back.
 
  1. Regain the dribble with your right hand.
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Fool ‘Em
Tuesday , Jul , 26 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Fool ‘Em

This one has been known to bring the crowd onto the court. Get it right, and you'll earn some real respect on the blacktop.
 
  1. Dribble between your right and left hand a few times and try to create a little space between you and your defender.
 
  1. With your right hand, put the ball on the floor (make sure it's perfectly still) slightly wide of your left foot. At this point, your body will be turned somewhat.
 
  1. Pause for a moment to allow the defender to make a move for the ball and, as they reach for it, put the ball between their legs*.  Then, simply run around them to retrieve it, and the trick is complete.
 
*This can be done either by slapping it so that pops off the ground, then bouncing it between their legs, or simply by pushing the ball so that it rolls through.
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Friday , Jul , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Tee Trick

Although this one is initially difficult, a little practice is all it takes to get it right.
 
  1. When facing your defender, dribble the ball and catch it under your shirt.
 
  1. Turn slightly to the left and hit the ball with your right hand so that comes out of your shirt at roughly your right hip.
 
  1. If aimed properly, it will bounce between your defender’s legs. Run around them and retrieve the ball.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Ghetto Leapfrog

This trick is extremely difficult (and potentially dangerous), so it should only be attempted if you're confident you can pull it off safely. A variation on the move can be seen on the "Notic" mixtape.
 
  1. Create a little space between you and your defender.
 
  1. Dribble the ball through your legs, but catch it between your knees as it passes through.
 
  1.  Stand upright and, if your defender does not make an attempt to take the ball from between your knees, beckon them over and point to it.
 
  1. When they reach down to take the ball, drop it and kick it away.
 
  1. Then, while they are still bent over, put your hands on their back and leapfrog over them.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Drop ‘Em

 
This move drops more defenders than any other, yet it is far less complicated than most crossover moves.
 
  1. Perform a simple right-to-left crossover.
 
  1. Take two hard dribbles to your left.
 
   3.   As quickly as you can, pull up and dribble the ball through your legs to your right hand. The defence won't be able to change direction quickly while sliding, and they will often lose their balance and fall.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Fake Behind-the-Back Dribble

This is a very straightforward move best used in combination with others, or simply while freestyling.
 
  1. Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
 
  1. Move the ball behind your back as if to throw a pass.
 
  1. Bend your knee and dribble the ball under your right leg.
 
  1. Take the ball in your right hand again.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Boomerang

Hot Sauce brought this trick to the scene when he seriously freaked a defender with it in the second And 1 mixtape.
 
  1. Cock the ball back as if you are going to throw a one-handed pass over your defender's shoulder.
 
  1. Just prior to the moment of release, turn your wrist inwards and flick it so as to send the ball directly into the air. Your follow-through should be across your body.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Humiliation

Although this one can be extremely embarrassing for your defender, it may also land you in hot water, so be careful when you use it.
 
  1. With the defender close to you, take the ball in both hands and reach behind their head with it.
 
  1. Bounce the ball high off the floor (aim to hit a spot about five inches behind their feet).
 
  1. As they turn around to catch the ball, grab their shorts and pull them down.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Flintstone Shuffle

This is one of the moves that made Hot Sauce famous, and it’s very simple. It’s most effective when you’re playing against an honest, tight defender.
 
  1. When your defender draws close to you, dribble the ball behind their foot so that it bounces five or six feet vertically.
 
  1. As it is in the air, run a few paces to one side (preferably not the side of the foot behind which you bounced the ball) as if you were going for the ball. The defender should follow you.
 
  1. Quickly return to retrieve the ball.
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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Where Did It Go?

Although most often seen on the blacktop, Stephon Marbury brought this trick to the NBA when he fooled Vlade Divac in an All-Star game.
 
  1. Take your defender into the block and body them until they put their arms up.
 
  1. Pivot to face them and, with the ball in one hand, reach and hold it behind them. They should turn around.
 
  1. Quickly flip it back over the top of them while they are turning. You should now have the ball with their head turned. From here, you have a number of options.
Love for the game
Tuesday , Nov , 04 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Love for the game

Love is a word that is loosing its real meaning these days. Looking it up on the dictionary, the definition that it yields is as follows; "A deep, tender ineffable feeling-An intense emotional attachment to a person or a treasured object". I love Basketball. It consumes my thoughts, affects my actions, and it contributes to a huge part of my lifestyle. To me, Basketball is represented by three words that begin with the letter S. Read More
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Thursday , Jun , 26 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Water rehabilitation for player with lower back pain

A small portion of all backaches do have clear causes-for instance, a ruptured disk or some underlying disease. But in the great majority of cases, the exact diagnosis isn't known. Is the cause of a basketball player's backache that sudden movement yesterday when he bent to pick up a ball, or is the problem that he has been exercising too much? Or could it be his poor posture, or just everyday wear and tear? In fact, it's probably a combination of all these. Read More
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Thursday , Jun , 26 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Ankle sprain

You feel the ankle twist, you let out a cry and you know you've got a sprain. It sounds like a minor thing, but the injury can have a serious affect on your season unless it's treated correctly and the ankle retrained. Basketball is a game of rapid changes of direction, as well as continual jumping and landing. Unfortunately, these activities increase the chances of the basketball players suffering an ankle sprain.
If the worst happens, every player should know exactly what they should do to speed their recovery and enable their return to the court as quickly as possible. Read More
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Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Defense on fast break

Fast Breaks are always to the advantage of the offense, but if you stop one it can be very big for your team. One On One If you are running back by your self to defend against one man, you first must run to get in front of him. Now that you are in front of him, wait until you get inside the 3 point line. Now turn around and run backwards, so that he is in front of you and the basket is behind you. Don't let him shoot, he will probably try to drive in on you and cross you over. He won't start to post you up because that will slow the whole thing down. If you can't get in front of him, foul him because he might miss his free throws. Read More
Defense on a pick ‘n roll
Thursday , May , 15 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Defense on a pick ‘n roll

A pick and roll is an offensive play that is designed to create mismatches and open players on the offense. This is a very nice offensive play and that is why you have to know how to defend against it. There is no one thing that I can tell you that will hold true for every screen, it all depends on the circumstance, so use your instinct on picks and rolls. If the offensive center comes up to set a pick on the guard who is defending the guard with the ball, you as the defensive center must step out in front of the guard to slow him down. this allows the defending guard time to get past the screen and back to his man. as soon as you feel that the guard is covered again, quickly run back to your center who is now on the roll towards the basket. If you, as the center, get beat on the center's roll the forward is responsible to slide over and help. You can now see how much trouble these picks and rolls can be. The guard, center and forward can be affected by it. Read More