How to Do Basketball Crossover Moves
Basketball is, perhaps, the most famous sports all over the world. And with its popularity,
many young men and women are into this sport. Many people are also watching this
game; be it a game on television or a live court action. There have been several basketball
associations in the United States alone.
But the most popular is the National Basketball Association, most popularly known as
simply the NBA. Why? This is because it showcased the finest players as well as best
basketball crossover moves that the whole world have ever seen.
The Crossover Dribble
This is the most notable crossover move. Also known as the ankle breaker, too many
ankles have been broken using this move. This is a low and quick bounce dribbling in
front and allows the player to switch momentum as quick as possible. This is being used
to outmaneuver the opponent and have the chance to drive to the hoops. The action that
you will see in a crossover dribble is so fantastic that many spectators consider it as a
very exciting spice on a game.
Mostly, the crossover dribble is an important move that the players holding the guard
positions should know. But, it is also a great move that every player should learn because
it will be an advantageous offensive move.
Steps in Making a Crossover Dribble
If you want to learn crossover dribble, there are several steps on how you can do it;
• The first step that you have to learn is how to dribble using your strongest hand. You
have to learn how to do this as you approach the defending opponent.
• Pause and focus on your dribbling keeping your opponent at bay.
• Next, you have to push the ball to the side where you’re dribbling. With that, your
opponent may move with you. When he did that, you have to bounce the ball in other
direction and move to the net before he catches up. There is also a technique in this move
if you want a three-point play. You have to run in front of the defender; when he chases
you and goes for the ball, a foul will be called.
• You should also learn to watch the moves of your defender while being careful with
your moves. If the weight of your opponent shifted, you will know that he bites out at
your crossover move.
• You have to keep in mind that speed and control of the ball is essential for this move.
• Also, you have to concentrate on the defender’s mid section while concentrating on
your own moves.
Most Notable NBA Player Doing the Crossover Dribble:
• Allen Iverson – his variation; he doesn’t go straight to the hoop. Instead, he crosses over
again and drives using his left hand.
• Jason Williams
• Tim Hardaway
• Dwayne Wade
• Kobe Bryant
• Deron Williams
• Baron Davis
• Steve Francis
Even if you think that a crossover dribble is such an easy technique to execute, you will
be surprise at just how hard it is in actual practice. And you will need several things in
order to be successful in this move. First, you have to have strong and agile hands. Next,
your legs should learn how to be responsive.
Excellent control of the ball combined with speedy foot works are the main key to
crossover dribbling. Your upper body should also be sturdy and tough; you have to learn
how to coordinate your body movements with the rhythms of your foot works and ball
handling. Lastly, and probably the most important spice is a deceptive mind.
Yes, this is what you need because you are not only convincing your defender but
yourself as well that what you are doing is real, until the very last moment.