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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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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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Check Yo’ Bags [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Check Yo’ Bags [Video Demonstration]

Use this one to startle your defender, but make sure not to let go of the ball. If you do, it could hit them in the face, and they may decide to return the favour. Check out the video below to see the trick.

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Ways to Improve Your Shooting
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Ways to Improve Your Shooting

You will find here 6 major tips to improve your shoot.

1. Get open.

Create a lead before you receive the ball. Take advantage of your teammates to find an open shot position. Set up the shot you want. "Hoped Shots" rarely end up in the basket.

2. Shot selection.
Know your ability and your shooting percentage. Concentrate a lot while shooting practice. This is important to have a higher percentage during practice. Some good practice shooters may become only average game shooters, but there are no poor practice shooters who are excellent game shooters.
Know where your teammates are before shooting. Make sure no teammate is open for a better shot. Know when to shoot. Passing up a good shot is just as important as taking a bad shot. Be aware of defensive players' and offensive rebounders' positions.

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

Shammgod [Video Demonstration]

 
This move is the trademark of God Shammgod, formerly known as Shammgod Wells, who had a brief stint in the NBA with the Washington Wizards.
 
  1. With your right hand, dribble the ball so that it lands roughly a fifteen inches in front of your left foot.
 
  1. Lean forward as if to make a move towards the basket, but take the ball with your left hand and step back quickly. If performed smoothly, you’ll create a few feet of space between you and your defender.
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Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Basketball rules – Court & Equipment

THIS IS BASKETBALL. An American-invented game hinged to science, skill and speed, basketball is played by two teams with five or (in rare circumstances) fewer players on each side. The ball is round and can be batted, bounced, rolled or thrown within the jurisdiction of the playing rules. The object of the game is tossing the ball through one of the two 10-foot-high baskets at opposite ends of the floor. If Team A shoots successfully into its own basket, it' s two or three points for Team A. It is also two points for Team 6 if Team A mistakenly shoots successfully into Team B' s basket.

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

The Hypnotizer [Video Demonstration]

 
Another move made famous by Sizzle himself, the Hypnotizer can be spectacular. This trick is only effective when your defender is playing you very closely.
 
  1. Crouch down very low to the ground and dribble the ball rapidly behind your back.
 
  1. Having done for this for a few seconds, cup the ball between your hand and wrist and flick it (from behind) over both you and the defender.
 
  1. Pretend to continue dribbling until the defender straightens up, then run around them and retrieve the ball.
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