Iverson would be pround…..
Harden makes it look too easy sometimes.
Kyrie Irving was one of my favorite players to watch last season. I’ll even go as far to say he had the most impressive rookie year of any PG since Allen Iverson. Turns out A.I. was a big inspiration for Kyrie’s game…..namely his cross over (didn’t we all want an Iverson cross growing up?). Now, Kyries crossover is no where near as deadly as a Rookie A.I.’s was, but we’ve all seen him break the ankles of Kobe last season just like Iverson did MJ in 1996. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Recently “uncle drew” himself sat down with Slam Magazine and talked the evolution of his crossover, how it began with imitating Iverson, and developed from there:
“When I was younger, I always wanted the AI Crossover,” Irving said from his ProCamp in Cleveland. “In elementary school that was the only move I had, was the Allen Iverson crossover. I probably practiced that crossover a million times…
“I had the Timmy Hardaway too,” Irving told SLAM. “I practiced the Tim Hardaway move over a million times as well, along with the KJ (Kevin Johnson), which was just go by everybody with quickness. Over time, I combined all of them together, and made it into my own move.
“It was fun learning from those guys, and watching CP3 too, all of them,” Kyrie added. “I grew up on all of them, and I’ve incorporated different things from all their games into mine.”
Allen Iverson, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson and Chris Paul? Not a bad list at all. Kyrie proves improving at Basketball is less about being original, and more about learning/taking from other players and applying it to your own game. Even Iverson had to learn his cross from somebody, and it wasn’t even an NBA star but his old Georgetown teammate.
The TOP 10 CROSSOVERS of 2012! The NBA season went by so quick you might have missed most of these, but there were some pretty nasty ankle breakers this year….and I mean literally ankles were broken.Check the video out. Trust me, it’s a good one. Theres even a few funny surprises in it….