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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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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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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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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Interview with Hot Sauce: Part One
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Interview with Hot Sauce: Part One

Try as we may to find it, there is no definition which quite covers the one-man phenomenon that took a game with a half-century of history and remixed it in a single summer. How could mere words describe someone who brings capacity crowds to their feet in anticipation of what he might do? Which adjectives could accurately describe a player who routinely crosses defenders off their feet and fans off their seats? What combinations of letters on a page could capture the feeling in a park, gym or arena when a slightly-built six-footer does something so astonishing with a piece of synthetic leather that spectators rush the floor?

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Dunking on Shaq
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 Christopher Sells

Dunking on Shaq

The Big Witness has managed to avoid being on the wrong end of a poster for most of his career. Somebody better tell these youngsters that Shaq ain't having it.

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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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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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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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Interview with Hot Sauce: Part Two
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Interview with Hot Sauce: Part Two

C.Y. Ellis: A lot of your New York fans are wondering when you're going to hit Rucker Park. Do you plan to play in the EBC or a similar competition any time soon?

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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.
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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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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