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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NBA LIVE 2003
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

NBA LIVE 2003

General/Summary: I've stayed away from this game since the PS2 has come along mainly because EA, until recently, has done a poor job of making great games. In that time fortunately the folks at Sega have provided more than enough competition and isn't that free market economy on display...there is nothing greater than competition to produce quality games.

This year we finally have TWO quality games to choose from. While I know this is a review of NBA Live it is hard to deny any comparisons between Live and the 2K series. Having played both games and I will state for the record that I'm a big 2K fan. This years Live has certainly gained some credibility with me. The obvious statements have been made about the differences between these games. The biggest and most common comparison is Live is arcade while 2K is sim. This simply is not true.

The differences in these games are NBA style of basketball circa 1983 versus current NBA style. Anyone who thinks Live is arcade like dosen't have a sense of NBA history. In the late '70's and through the mid-80's NBA games routinely finished with both teams socoring well over a hundred points. I remember in 1983 the game between Detroit and Denver that finished with both teams scoring over 175 points each!!! Back then the NBA was about open and offensive play. Sure defence is important but 20 years ago no one really cared. It was about running the court and getting the easy baskets on the other end.

Todays NBA is all about defence. Players are bigger, faster, stronger and they even play harder but all of that leads to much less scoring. In a nut shell that is the difference between Live and 2K. Live is open, fast and defence is secondary in strategy. In 2K it is much more half court, run your plays to perfection and play good hard defence. Which is better? Thats up to you. If you prefer old-school NBA to modern NBA then Live is your game. IT IS NOT AN ARCADE TITLE.

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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.
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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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NBA SHOOTOUT 2003
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

NBA SHOOTOUT 2003

General/Summary: This is a pleasent new way to approach basketball simulation, but unfortunately too many problems that just ruins the whole game. Nba Shootout 2003 has however improved a lot since 2001. with the right analog stick making it easy to perform crossovers. The problem is that this game still lacks compared to other basketball titles out (live and 2k). The graphics, gameplay and commutary have all improved but still are terrible compared to other b-ball games. Overall this game is a poor nba live knockoff and will never be the best b-ball game out there.

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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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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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NCAA FINAL FOUR 2002
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA FINAL FOUR 2002

General/Summary: Overall this game is prettey cool. In the past, 989 has gotten a bad rep and deservedly so. Well, what a surprise to see it finally out doing the well favord EA sports company. In my mind, this game is the best college basketball game out. Now I know that isn't saying much but Final Four is the best option for college b-ball lovers like myself. After seeing EA's March Madness, I had to laugh because it dosen't even offer the option of playing in a season. So unless you want to play a six game tournament over and over, Final Four is the choice to make. However, this game is not without some flaws of its own. The game has prettey good graphics but it still doesn't come up to par with the capabilites of the PS2. The lack of player models is sort of a let down. I understand that you can't make every person in the game down to their exact physical characteristics but a little more than 8 diffent player faces would be nice. Also when playing the game, I was impressed by the movement of the crowed and the chears that performed at various times. However, This game promissed to have the crowds chant authentic school cheers and the band playing the fight songs. I have heard these on a very rare occasion. It would also be nice to have the crowed yell real loud when the visiting team has the ball. The commentary is prettey good. I do wish that they could say a little more though. Every time you turn the ball over like 8 or more times you will hear " They're just givin the ball away tonight." But other than that the sound is good. This game is fun and it allows you to get into it with option of playing a full season and keeping track of rankings, stats, and even 1st and 2nd team all conference and all american awards.

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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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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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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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