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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Over and Back (Crossover) [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Over and Back (Crossover) [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Crossover

Tip: The first movement is not the crossover. Watch the tape closely and you'll see that the player hesitates momentarily before taking control of the ball after putting it behind his back. This slight delay encourages the defender to reach for the ball, and it is at this point that you make your move.

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

The Shammgod [Video Demonstration]

An old streetball favourite, this move is said to have been invented by God Shammgod. Used on its own or in combination with other moves, it's always useful for creating 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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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.
One-handed Shammgod
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

One-handed Shammgod

 
This is a simple variation on the Shammgod.  It was performed by Tracy McGrady in the most recent All-Star game.
 
  1. With your right hand, dribble the ball fifteen inches in front of your left foot so that it bounces fairly close to your defender.
 
  1. As they lunge for it, reach across your body with your right hand and pull the ball back diagonally across your defender's body so that it bounces wide of your right side. This should leave them turned to their right while you slip easily past them on their left. Alternatively, you can dribble the ball between their legs (see the video for a demonstration).
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Sauce 2K [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Sauce 2K [Video Demonstration]

 
Smooth and stylish, this move is yet another to have been made famous by Hot Sauce. One key detail to note is that, after the first dribble, your left hand will not be used throughout the entire trick.
 
  1. Dribble through your legs from back to front, from your left hand to your right.
 
  1. Cuff the ball in your right hand and fake across your body in the motion of an underarm pass.
 
  1. Do not release the ball, but pull it back across your body to your right side.
 
  1. Without dribbling, swing it back to your left side.
 
  1. Move your left leg forward and dribble the ball behind it (and through your legs).
 
  1. Regain control of the ball with your right hand.
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Breathe and Stop [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Breathe and Stop [Video Demonstration]

 
This one is very much illegal, but still a nice move for the street courts.
 
  1. Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
 
  1. Cross the ball over to your left hand.
 
  1. With the ball on your left, straighten up as if to cross it back.
 
  1. Instead of dribbling the ball, simply drop it.
 
  1. Lean forward and catch the ball with your right hand.
 
  1. Pull it back to your right and continue from there.
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