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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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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. 
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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".

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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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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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