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

Breakthrough

Although this probably isn’t a move you’d be advised to try on a concrete court, A.O. and others have pulled it off on more forgiving surfaces a number of times. For this move to be possible, your defender’s legs must be wide open.
 
  1. Dribble the ball low and fast in front of you while edging slowly towards your defender.
 
  1. As you draw within two feet or so, stop the ball dead on the floor in front of you.
 
  1. Bend down and kick it gently through your defender’s legs.
 
  1. Immediately following this, dive to the floor and slide through your defender’s legs after the ball.
 
  1. Regain control of the ball and continue as desired.
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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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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