The 90s of the NBA had a surplus of some of the most talented players, who didn’t seem to belong to their time. Some of them had uncanny strength. Others had a pair of hawk eyes sharp enough to shoot from way beyond the arc and even make the ball swish through the basket. Some of them had signature moves which were simple and effective, just like the Miami Heat’s Tim Hardaway.
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The Miami Heat point guard had the all-around skills of a complete basketball player who could bring down the ball and set up his teammates. But when it mattered, he could create for himself by taking opponents one-on-one with the deadliest crossover in NBA history.
He had with him a number of advantages that made this possible. He was relatively short and stocky, like a football player, and this was rare to come along with a lightning first step that he had. There were many contemporaries who were fairly competent with the crossover, but it was only Tim Hardaway who could do this without carrying the ball.
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He nonchalantly dribbled his way, letting his feet do the work as his shifty neck kept his man’s defense guessing down to the last split second. And then, that’s how he would break ankles.
This killer crossover is something out of this world, a move that even Michael Jordan couldn’t do as well as Tim Hardaway did repeatedly.