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

The Shammgod [Video Demonstration]

An old streetball favourite, this move is said to have been invented by God Shammgod. Used on its own or in combination with other moves, it's always useful for creating space between you and your defender.

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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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Put It In The Air [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Put It In The Air [Video Demonstration]

 
This move truly is a classic, and can be seen being carried out by Hot Sauce in several of the mixtapes.
 
  1. With your defender close, fake the ball over their head so that you are holding it behind their neck.
 
  1. Throw it straight up in the air and run a few paces to one side. The defender will follow you.
 
  1. Return to your original spot to retrieve the ball.
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Hardaway Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Hardaway Crossover [Video Demonstration]

Chris Childs knows how hard this crossover can be to guard having had his ankles broken with it on more than occasion thanks to Tim Hardaway. Despite being the simplest of the set in terms of total movements, the fake has to be sold properly if it's to be of any use.

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

The Sucker [Video Demonstration]

 
When executed properly, few moves are as effective at embarrassing a defender as this.
 
  1. Dribble towards the basket, making sure that your defender stays close to you.
 
  1. When you reach the block, dribble the ball softly and catch it between your thigh and the back of your knee as you turn from the basket. Alternatively, catch the ball beneath your leg as is demonstrated in the video.
 
  1. Fake a shot with one hand. The defender should turn to look for the ball.
 
  1. Take the ball out from under your leg and continue as desired.
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The Flick [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Flick [Video Demonstration]

The Flick is best used in freestyles, although it can also help to create space between you and your defender. Check out the video below to see how it's performed.

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

Hesitation Crossover [Video Demonstration]

Gary Payton doesn't often end up looking a fool on the court, but Jason Williams sure clowned him with this crossover, faking the former defensive player of the year off his feet. As with many of the best crossovers, the basic motions themselves aren't particularly difficult to emulate here, the real challenge being that of convincing your man to bite on the up-fake.

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

Board Silly

This is another easy one, but popular nonetheless. You should begin somewhere around the free throw line.
 
  1. Dribble the ball through your legs to your right hand.
 
  1. In one smooth motion, throw the ball off the backboard and spin three hundred and sixty degrees counter-clockwise so that you are again square to the basket. This should cause your defender to turn around.
 
  1. Catch the ball in your left hand.
Helter Skelter [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Helter Skelter [Video Demonstration]

This move may not do much on its own, but it can be very effective when used in combination with a crossover. Check out the video below to see how it's pulled off.

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Loop the leg [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Loop the leg [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: Before attempting this, fix your defender by dribbling without moving laterally for a few seconds. If they drop their arms, you'll be able to perform the move with ease.

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