basketball-training
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.

Read More
Slip ‘n’ Slide [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Slip ‘n’ Slide [Video Demonstration]

First given a name in the videogame NBA Street, this trick has the potential to really get the crowd jumping.
 
The video below shows the trick being performed at a slower speed so as to demonstrate more clearly the movements involved.  It is, in fact, easier to carry out when moving quickly.

 

  1. Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
 
  1. Start to spin clockwise and, as you do, lower your backside to the ground, letting yourself down with your left arm.
 
  1. By the time you are turned completely from your defender, you should have your butt and the lower part of your back touching the floor.
 
  1. Using your momentum, roll over on the floor (with the ball still in your right) and onto your feet, helping yourself back up with your left arm if required. 
Read More
The Punch [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Punch [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: Positioning of the ball is key. It must be placed close enough to the defender that they attempt to take it, but not so close that they can reach it before you do.

Notes: The original version of this move was invented by Rory "Disaster" Grace, who finished the trick by knocking the ball between the defender's legs with his fist. This is what gave rise to the name "The Punch".

Read More
The Blessing [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Blessing [Video Demonstration]

 
This move can be performed while dribbling with either hand, but we’ll assume that the right is being used. While fairly simple, anyone who has seen it will tell you how stylish it looks.
 
  1. Dribble low and fast until your defender crouches down.
 
  1. Straighten up and put your left hand on top of their head.
 
  1. With your right, dribble the ball behind your back to receive the ball in your right again.
Read More
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.

Read More
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.
Read More
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.

Read More
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.
Read More
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.

Read More
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.
Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.
Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More

Hoopsvibe default image
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.