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Whirlwind Remix
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Whirlwind Remix

Move Type: Game

Tip: Dribble the ball two to three feet behind your defender and it should be fairly easy to regain control.

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Shirt Catch [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Shirt Catch [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Freestyle/Game

Tip: Jump forward very slightly in order to catch the ball more easily. Notes: Move performed by Rashaun Daniels in Just For Fun Volume One.

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Scissors
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Scissors

Move Type: Game/Crossover Tip: Dip your shoulder in the direction of the fake to make it more convincing.

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Swingball [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Swingball [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: Make sure to work on this one on your own before you try it in the park. It may appear simple, but many players catch their head in their shirt as they attempt to pull it off.

Notes: Move performed by Rashaun Daniels in Just For Fun Volume One.

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Killer Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Killer Crossover [Video Demonstration]

The Killer Crossover is a shake most associated with former Golden State and Miami point guard Tim Hardaway, often being referred to as the “UTEP Two-step” as a consequence. In an era when crossovers were rarely seen, Tim would regularly freeze his defender to the floor with this one, earning the move its ominous title. Nowadays it can still be seen on the NBA hardwood, with each new generation of players putting their own spin on the old favorite.

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The Tunnel
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Tunnel

Move Type: Game

Tip: Move quickly to avoid having the ball stolen, but be careful not to graze your knees on the floor.

Notes: Variant move performed by Tru Baller.

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Alimoe Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Alimoe Crossover [Video Demonstration]

If there's any name you can attach to this move, it's that of AND1's Alimoe, whose frequent use of the crossover has left ballers from coast to coast looking lost. Although effective in most one-on-one situations, it's best employed in transition with a defender facing you up.

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The Sideboard [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Sideboard [Video Demonstration]

 
You may have seen this trick performed by A.O., and it’s a real beauty if you can get it right. The move is far easier if you have a padded backboard, as many metal boards found on street courts are too thin.
 
  1. Dribble down the right-hand side of the court, towards the block.
 
  1. Perform a counter-clockwise spin move so that you end up with your right foot nearly touching the baseline.
 
  1. Take a hook-shot as if you are aiming to score, but throw the ball off the side of the board so that it returns to your hands. The defender should turn to look for the rebound.
 
  1. Catch the ball and continue as desired.
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See No Evil [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

See No Evil [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: Hold the ball slightly behind your knees in order to conceal it from your defender.

Notes: Signature trick of Tru Baller.

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Bynum crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Bynum crossover [Video Demonstration]

While not much to look at in isolation, this crossover can be beautiful when pulled off cleanly. Former Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum has broken it out frequently over the years, often using it to create space while caught in traffic. Simple to pick up but hard to perfect, it's a valuable addition to anyone's repertoire.

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The Whirlwind [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Whirlwind [Video Demonstration]

 
This move is fairly testing, but the results are very impressive. It would be best to practice the motions of the trick before attempting it on a court.
 
  1. Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand, and immediately perform a clockwise spin move.
 
  1. As you are halfway through the spin (i.e. when you have your back to your defender), dribble the ball behind your defender’s back.
 
  1. Continue the spin, and your momentum should take you in the direction of the ball. Retrieve it, and the move is complete.
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Over and Back (Crossover) [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Over and Back (Crossover) [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Crossover

Tip: The first movement is not the crossover. Watch the tape closely and you'll see that the player hesitates momentarily before taking control of the ball after putting it behind his back. This slight delay encourages the defender to reach for the ball, and it is at this point that you make your move.

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Baron Davis Spin [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Baron Davis Spin [Video Demonstration]

If you want evidence of the efficacy of the move, you need look no further than Manu Ginobili, who found himself looking at thin air after Baron Davis turned him the wrong way with this one. Solid footwork and body control are required here, as well as good timing to ensure that the ball isn't exposed to the defender at any point.

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Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Made You Look

Another move designed to make the defender turn their head, Made You Look is a little trickier than your average fake, but manageable nonetheless.
 
  1. Dribble the ball behind your back for a few seconds and try to draw the defence towards you.
 
  1. Dribble the ball vertically behind you and catch it between your calf and thigh.
 
  1. As you do this, fake over the defender’s head with both hands.
 
  1. As they turn around, drop the ball and kick it at their back.
Spin Cross [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 Hoopsvibe

Spin Cross [Video Demonstration]

Start with your right hand. Fake a fast start towards the right. At this point your defender believes you are driving to the basket with your right hand.

Block your start spinning clockwise at 180 degrees while bouncing the ball in your back from your right hand to your left hand.

The basket should be in your back when you catch the ball in your left hand.

As soon as your ball is in your right hand, continue spinning the remaining 180 degrees while bringing the ball back to your right hand between your legs.

As soon as the ball is in your right hand, fake another fast start towards the right and bring the ball back to the left hand by bouncing it behind your back.

 

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Off the Heezy [Video Demonstraion]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Off the Heezy [Video Demonstraion]

 
This is a favourite of A.O., who has pulled the move off on various mixtapes. An optional extra is to pull the defender’s headband over their eyes prior to attempting the trick.
 
  1. Dribble low and fast to draw the defence towards you.
 
  1. When they crouch into the defensive position, straighten up and throw the ball gently off their forehead.
 
  1. Catch the ball and continue dribbling
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