Crossover dribble

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A crossover dribble is a basketball maneuver in which a player dribbling the ball switches the ball rapidly from one hand to the other, to make a change in direction. [1] In a typical example the player heads upcourt, dribbling the ball in (say) the left hand, then makes a wide step left with a good head fake. If the defender is deceived, the player can then switch to dribbling with the right hand and surpass the defender. The crossover can allow the player an open short jumper or a clear path to the basket.

The following are a few types of crossovers:

The original crossover move has been used by all five positions on the court, but particularly by point and shooting guards. The first crossover was seen in a street basketball game at the Rucker Park by the street legend Richard (Rick) "Pee Wee" Kirkland. Oscar Robertson was known to do the move as early as the 1960s as well as Dwayne Washington while playing for Syracuse during the early 1980s, but Tim Hardaway is credited for popularizing the killer crossover in the NBA, while Allen Iverson and Steve Francis popularized the double crossover. [5]

Drawing by Layet Johnson Crossover Dribble.jpg
Drawing by Layet Johnson

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References

  1. American Sport Education Program (2006). Coaching youth basketball. p. 76. ISBN   0-7360-6450-8.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxoTzyvUO0s
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OZQtCXs30k
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRPBG2LD4n4
  5. "Basketball Dribbling". Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.