There is nothing more exciting than that. Basketball. A player is hitting the ball, eyes are looking left and right, deciding the best place to attack. Then he makes a fan, walks in the right direction, and then the guard follows him. But the ball takes another turn and the helpless defender slips or falls to the ground in an even more embarrassing result. The mob goes wild.
In basketball, some skills require more creativity than handling the ball. Opportunities for shiny stings and shiny passes come and go. But modern hair handling is a constant need, especially NBAWhere strong defenders are ready to close all attack sites.
This year, the NBA post-season includes some of the best dribblers in basketball history, such as Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. Curry makes room for 3 point shots even when surrounded by guards. Harden urges the guards to take free kicks throughout the court. Irving is the magic of counterfoot and rotating motion to reach the shore. Paul moves the ball as if it were on a wire. All four can easily get past defenders.
The New York Times Asked to talk to three other race dribblers about handling the ball: Godsham God, Tim Hardway and Oscar Robertson.
Shamgod, the Dallas Mavericks assistant coach, spent a short time in the NBA, but his dribbling became a legend in New York City courts. His most notable move – “Sham Good Crossover”, in which he pushes the ball forward with one hand and then pulls with the other – has affected an entire generation of players.
Hardway, who played in the NBA from 1989 to 2003, was one of the league’s best point guards. His most notable move was a double crossover called “UTEP to Step”, named after the college he played for, University of Texas at El Paso.
Robertson, the first player to score at least ten points, ten rebounds and ten assists during the Hall of Fame and NBA season, was the first player to cross over in the 1960s.
This conversation has been edited and shortened for clarification.
What does one have to do to become a great dribbler?
Shamgod: Above all, imagination. Learn to connect the ball and the angles. To be an elite dribbler, I would say you have to know how to use your body, how to use your legs. Because dribbling is footwork.
difficult: Don’t keep turning the ball. To be in control Know when to attack the marker.
Robertson: Time and experience. I started playing as a child. He was a point guard. I started hitting the ball with a hammer, made a lot of mistakes. But then you dedicate yourself and learn from different players and what they try to do. Then you gain the confidence to go after someone.
Throwing is a skill that has evolved over time. Pivots are now shooting 3-point balls. How has the way the ball been handled changed?
Shamgod: This has changed a lot with the recruitment of different coaches. I like to say that there is a difference between teaching someone to move and teaching someone to dribble. Most people want to learn dribble when they work with someone. They want to learn Tim Hardway’s “UTEP Two Step”. Would you like to learn “Shamgood Crossover” or Crossover? [Allen] Everson But for me, it’s not really dribbling. It is learning to move.
difficult: You know, when we were just playing, nobody had more 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 a man going through the marker and going to the basket. Five different angles where you see the boy slipping and falling.
RobertsonPeople who know how to handle and dribble the ball are the most successful players. If you can’t dribble anyone, you can’t do very well in basketball.
How did you prepare your crossover?
Shamgod: When I was young, I imagined all kinds of dribbling. And then I practiced slow motion. With a pound weight in the ankles and wrists. I dribbled in slow motion. I watched slow motion videos to see the guards’ footwork and how they move. So the most important thing for me was when I took the weight off my wrists. You lift weights with your hands and they fly around.
difficult: I’m from Chicago. My parents’ basement was not ready, so I went out when it was cold outside. I would go down and just dribble and work on my game. The dribbling, the marker excuse was in front of me. Moving in and out between the legs, behind the back – I spent many hours down. Dribbling, dribbling, dribbling only.
Robertson: Just looking at the guys I used to play with at Indiana Police, a place called Dust Bowl, which was out. It was a concrete court, but we called it a “cup of dust.” And some were really good players. It’s almost unbelievable. I’m sure we have players like this all over the country, players who play very well outside but not very well when they go indoors.
Who are your favorite dribblers?
Shamgod: The ones that come to mind right now: Carrie, Steve, James Harden, Chris Paul.
difficult: I grew up seeing a great man named Asia Thomas, a great dribbler. Then came Rod Strickland. Oh man, Rod Strickland did some crazy things that no one else knows how to do. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes. Shamgood in New York. Derek Rose did some good dribbling on his way back to Chicago. And Chris Paul, you know, at 37, still does what he does with the ball. And, of course, Carrie. Stephen Curry, (go) Morant. James Harden
Robertson: I think Curry is very good at basketball. And Ja Morant too. They understand what the defense is trying to do with them. You have to control the speed when you go up. To a certain extent, you can’t go 100 per hour, because you don’t want to hit anyone. But these people are always looking for defense.
What was your most memorable crossover?
Shamgod: It was in play with Rutgers University. Against Geoff Blatt, at Madison Square Garden, in the Big East Tournament (1997). To the right of the court. I took the first step. I took a step outside and he tried to run to steal the ball. And all I could do was pull the ball back with my left hand.
difficult: This story is crazy. I was driving and my son said, “Dad, I know you don’t like talking in the car when you go to the game. But I want to ask you something. Everyone is talking about crossovers. He’s talking. What’s that? ” I said, “Boy, have you ever seen me crossover?” He replied, “No!” Then I said, “Well, you can leave it to me, but you can’t go anywhere. You have to stay where you are.” Because she loved hanging out, playing on the PlayStation and all those things. So I said, “You have to sit down and watch the whole game. You can only go to the bathroom at breaks. Besides, you have to sit around the whole game because I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I Guess it will. It was in Game 7 against the New York Knicks (1997 Eastern Conference semifinals). I got out of the car and said I point to you. And I crossed over and I did. And I could see him jumping up and screaming: “Here it is, now I see it.” So it was a memorable moment, I talked to my son and showed him what the crossover was. Is.
Robertson: I never thought much of it, ask the truth.
To what extent is drawing an art?
Shamgod: I think it’s absolutely art. This is crazy, because now, when you look for my name, I’m not the one who’s going to appear. What you will see is a dribble and a way of moving.
difficult: Dude, this is a rhythm. It’s like a dance. That’s what Asia did. That’s what Nate Archibald did. That’s what I did. Dribbling is like dancing and following the rhythm of music. When you look at Carrie, he dribbles like this. When you look at Rod Strickland, it dribbles like this. When you see Kemba Walker or Steve Curry, they drip to the beat of the music. When you see basketball game calls and they bounce the ball, you can tell it’s on time with the music. It’s about moving forward lightly and really believing that no one can stop you. You face him and look him in the eye and you see that he is scared: “Damn, I’m angry with this man.” It has the art of dribbling.
Robertson: I think it’s something you either have or don’t have.
Translated by Renato Perilorentzo