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Video: Clippers Crawford nutmegs Spurs De Colo

Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

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DeAndre Jordan loves this play. LOVES IT.

Nutmeg is an old-school term, believe it or not. Seriously. The stuffy Oxford English Dictionary says the term (when not talking about the food) is first seem “in the 1870s which in Victorian slang came to mean ‘to be tricked or deceived, especially in a manner which makes the victim look foolish.” From there it evolved into a soccer term for when a guy dribbles the ball between a defender’s legs.

Or, in basketball, again it is to dribble the basketball between your defender’s legs. Which is what the Clippers Jamal Crawford does to the Spurs Nando De Colo. Even Jeff Van Gundy knows that it meant. Well, not the Victorian era stuff, but the foolish, dribble through the legs part.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. blueintown - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Nugmegs. Unreal.

  2. shanelsweet - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    The video cuts off right when he is saying “I would let him know. . . ” I’ll forever wonder what Jeff said that he’d let him know.

  3. mat9844 - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Gotta love it. Of course, as a big Clips fan I’m totally biased, but this team is a lot of fun to watch.

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