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Kyrie Irving explains the evolution of his crossover

Aug 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

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If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.

Which is what Kyrie Irving has done with his deadly crossover dribble — steal ideas from the best.

He spoke with SLAM Magazine and said that it all started with trying to be like Allen Iverson, but it grew 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.”

There is almost nothing new on a basketball court, everything has been done before by someone somewhere. Everyone learns — or steals — from someone. And if you’re going to steal some crossover tips, AI and Hardaway are as good as they come.

  1. phillieseaglessixers - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    AI used to make suckas fall out of the gym lol. Antonio Daniels smh

    • tk41 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Antonio Daniels? Hell, Iverson did it to MJ!

      That move was about as sick as they come.

  2. lakerluver - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    How did the Cavs not go all out to get Bynum and Kyrie on the same team?

    • jeremyhurst - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Easy – they didn’t want to mortgage the franchise’s entire future on a headcase with bad knees who wasn’t guaranteed to remain with the team longer than one season.

      • phaden27 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Sorry to burst your bubble but reports say he would have signed in Cleveland purely because of Kyrie : /

  3. trueballs - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    This is also true in almost every profession. Everybody strives to be original in their craft, whether it be music, art, journalism, sports…but everything you do or say is inspired from something that happened before you. The BEST athlete/musician/artists steal as much as they can…and then use it to create something original.

    So….no shame in that, Kyrie.

  4. biasedhomer - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    AI was no doubt the best ankle breaker.

    • dls612 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Tim was the only person that could hit the crossover in full stride! Tim laid down the foundation youngster!

  5. dls612 - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Tim Hardaway! the best crossover hands down!

    • miamatt - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Long live the UTEP Two-Step!!!

  6. lakerluver - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    @phaden27, I was gonna say the same thing. Bynum will re up with Philly because he’s not leaving 25 mill on the table. He would’ve done the same thing with the Cavs. Plus, they already have another great young player.

  7. mrgoodbar216 - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    You know a move is great when you use it on jordan then they make a rule that says you cant do it anymore cause it embarassed the goat lol.

  8. makjak2 - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    God Shammgod… if you don’t know about his crossover, ask somebody. Kyrie uses it too.

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