The Killer Crossover September 6, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, College Basketball, NBA, Sports.
Websters dictionary defines the crossover as a basketball manuever in which a player dribbles the ball quickly from one hand to the other. Yet, the crossover is so much more. It’s a very basic concept, but is arguably the most potent move on offense. If mastered, it can be the most feared move by defenders and is no longer referred to as simply just a crossover, but is called a killer crossover. All basketball players have made someone a victim or have been victims of the killer crossover. With the exception of a few elite defenders, every player is at risk when guarding the crossover. Even the great Michael Jordan was a victim.
In extreme cases, players that have executed the killer crossover have caused defenders to fall, freeze, or severly stumble when attempting to play defense. This is known as having your “ankles broken” and it is the worst thing that can happen to a basketball player. When defenders gets their ankles broken, they are ridiculed by the fans, the opposing team, and sometimes by their own teammates. The streetball basketball players of And 1 make players leave the court if they get their ankles broken. The killer crossver is the #1 cause of broken ankles.
There have only been a handful of players that have mastered the killer crossver. One master of the killer crossover is NBA point guard Tim Haradaway. Hardaway has broken hundreds of ankles on the playground and in NBA arenas. Hardaway would dribble between his legs when executing the crossover and blow past the defender, often leaving him frozen. The move was unguardable and although defenders knew it was coming, they still couldn’t stop it.
No crossover strikes more fear in the heart of defenders than the crossover of the great Allen Iverson. Iverson mastered the killer crossover in college while at Georgetown, but his true claim to fame occured in a game against the Chicago Bulls. Remember when I said, even the great Michael Jordan was a victim? Well, Mr. Iverson was the guy that broke Jordan’s ankles.
Iverson was guarded by Jordan at the top of the key. Iverson gave Jordan not one, but two killer crossovers, putting Jordan out of postion. Then, Iverson shoots a jumper in his face. To break the ankles of the greatest basketball player of all time with a killer crossover not once, but twice is a monumental achievement. Then, to finish with a jumper in the face instantly makes you a legend on the playground. For years, that was the most talked about crossover in all of the playgrounds in America. Iverson has continued to break ankles and has shown no signs of slowing down. There is a long list of victims, and it’s only going to get longer.
What was once a simple move has now become a deadly offensive weapon. The killer crossover has broken millions of ankles around the world, and has caused ridicule for baskettball players in high school, college, and the pros. Defenders Beware.
Click here to see Iverson’s crossover on Jordan
Click here to see Tim Hardaway’s best crossovers