In basketball, everyone knows how to dribble. But it’s not like these NBA players – Sports

There is nothing more exciting in it basketball. The player hits the ball, eyes looking left and right, deciding the best place to attack. Then he makes a point, goes in the right direction, and then the guard follows. But the ball takes another turn and the unsuspecting defender slips or, as a result of further embarrassment, falls to the ground. The crowd goes wild.

In basketball, less skill requires more creativity than holding the ball. Bright dunk opportunities and impressive passes come and go. But caring for a creative ball is a constant need, especially in NBAwhere strong defenders are prepared to extinguish all points of attack.

This year, the post-NBA season included some of the best players in basketball history, such as Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. Curry creates space for 3-point shots even when surrounded by defenders. Harden lures defenders into penalty kicks on the pitch. Irving is a magician of the foot-facing movement and rotates to reach the edge. Paul runs the ball as if on a rope. All four can easily overtake defenders.

THE New York Times asked three scouts from other generations to talk about keeping the ball: God Shammgod, Tim Hardaway and Oscar Robertson.

Shammgod, the assistant coach of the Dallas Mavericks, had a brief stint in the NBA, but his play-off became a story in New York City courts. His unique action – the “Shammgod crossover,” in which he pushes the ball forward with one hand and then returns it to the other – has affected the entire generation of players.

Hardaway, who played in the NBA from 1989 to 2003, was one of the league’s best defenders. His most famous move was a double-crossing route called “UTEP Two Steps”, named after the college he played for, University of Texas in El Paso.

Robertson, Hall of Famer and the first player with an average of at least ten points, ten rebounds and ten assists in the entire NBA season, was one of the first to cross in the 1960s.

These conversations have been edited and clearly summarized.

What does one have to do to be a great sniper?

SHAMMGOD: Above all, be thoughtful. Learn to run the ball with angles. To be an elite swimmer, I would say you must know how to use your body, use your legs. Because slipping is the work of the feet.

HARDAWAY: Do not continue to turn the ball. Be in control. Know when to attack a marker.

ROBERTSON: Time and experience. I started playing at a young age. He was a point guard. I started hitting the ball, making a lot of mistakes. But then you dedicate yourself and learn from different players to what they are trying to do. Then you get the courage to follow anyone.

Throwing is a skill that has changed over time. Pivots are now scoring 3 point balls. How has the ball handling technique changed?

SHAMMGOD: It changed a lot by hiring different coaches. I would say that there is a difference between teaching someone to move and teaching someone to drift. Most people, when working with someone, want to learn to dribble. They want to learn Tim Hardaway’s “UTEP Two Steps”. Do you want to learn the “Shammgod crossover” or the crossover [Allen] Iverson. But for me, that’s not really dribbling. It is learning to take action.

HARDAWAY: You know, when we were still playing, nobody had a lot of cameras. There was no social network. So now they take every part of it from every angle, you can have five different angles where you see the boy go through the mark and reach the basket. Five different angles where you see the person slip and fall.

ROBERTSON: Young people who know how to own a ball and dribble are the most successful athletes. If you can’t play away from anyone, you won’t do well in basketball.

How did you create your crossover?

SHAMMGOD: When I was younger, I used to think of all kinds of tricks. And then I practiced at a slow pace. At a weight of one pound on the ankles and hands. I drifted off in a slow motion. I watched slow motion videos to see the work of the foot guards and how they moved. So the most important thing for me was when I took the weight off my hands. You remove the weight from your hands and they jump back and forth.

HARDAWAY: I am from Chicago. My parents’ basement was not ready, so I went outside when it was cold. I would go down and just dribble and work on my game. As he squints, pretending to be a marker is in front of me. Internal and external movements between the legs, back of the spine – I spent many hours on the floor. Just play, play, play.

ROBERTSON: Just to see the boys I played with in Indianapolis, a place called Dust Bowl, which was outside. It was a concrete court, but we called it a “dust bowl”. And there were some really good players. It is almost unreliable. I’m sure we have players like that all over the country, players who play very well outside but don’t do very well when they come in.

Who are your favorite swimmers?

SHAMMGOD: Those that come to mind right now: Kyrie, Steph, James Harden, Chris Paul.

HARDAWAY: I grew up looking at a big man named Isiah Thomas, a great sniper. Then came Rod Strickland. Ah dude, Rod Strickland did crazy things that no one else knows how to do. And then, you know, there are people who came after. Shammgod in New York. Derrick Rose had a great game in Chicago. And Chris Paul, you know, at 37, still doing what he does with the ball, is amazing. And, of course, Kyrie. Steph Curry, (Ja) Morant. James Harden.

ROBERTSON: I think Curry has great basketball skills. And Ja Morant as well. They understand what the defense is trying to do to them. As you climb, you should control the speed. To some extent, you can’t go 100 per hour, because you don’t want to collide with anyone. But these people are always looking for protection.

Which crossover was the most memorable?

SHAMMGOD: It was in a game with Rutgers University. Against Geoff Billet, in the Garden of Madison Square, in the Big East (1997) competition. On the right side of the court. I did the first step. I stepped out and he tried to run to steal the ball. And the only thing I could do was push the ball back with my left hand.

HARDAWAY: This story is very stupid. I was driving and my son said, “Dad, I know you don’t like talking in the car when you go to a game. But I want to ask you something. Everyone is talking about crossover. What is that? “I said,” Boy, have you ever seen me cross? “He replied,” No! ” Then I said, “Well, you can let me go, but you can’t go anywhere. You must stay where you are.” Because he loved to roam, play in the PlayStation and all that stuff. I’m sure it will happen. ” It was in Game 7 against the New York Knicks (1997 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals). I got out of the car and said, “I’ll guide you.” And I did a crossover and pointed a finger at him. And I could see him jumping and screaming: “That’s it, now I’ve seen it”. So it was a memorable moment, I talked to my son and showed him what the crossover was about.

ROBERTSON: I never really thought about it, to be honest.

To what extent is sniffing an art?

SHAMMGOD: I think it’s quite art. It’s very crazy, because now, when you look for my name, I’m not the one who will show up. What will be seen is the dribble and the way to take action.

HARDAWAY: Dude, it’s a rhythmic thing to do. It’s like playing. That’s what Isiah did. That is what Nate Archibald did. That’s what I did. Dribbling is like playing and following the rhythm of the music. When you see Kyrie, this is exactly what she does. When you see Rod Strickland, this is how he drowns. If you see Kemba Walker or Steph Curry, they are drifting away to the rhythm of the music. When you see the basketball games and they keep the ball, you can tell that the music has arrived. It is a matter of moving easily and truly having this confidence that no one can stop you. You look them in the eye and you see them scared: “Dude, I’m mad at this guy”. That is where the art of dribbling comes into play.

ROBERTSON: I just think it’s something you have or don’t have.

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