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Young's Fumble Crossover

Although it was once reserved for players backing down opponents in the low post, the "crab dribble" has officially been stamped to LeBron James. But what exactly do you call the dribble and spin move Nick Young used to embarrass Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace on Saturday night? The rat-ta-tat-tat? The fumble crossover?

If you didn't see the move, you can watch it below (No. 3). But essentially, Young dribbled up the court, slung the ball right to left, attempting a crossover to get around Wallace. The ball then it hit Young's left knee and dropped between his legs. Wallace lunged forward, and Young pitty-patted the ball a few times, then hit the spin button to go right. Wallace stumbled to the ground while Young turned and darted toward the rim. Once Young drew Emeka Okafor and Juwan Howard, he zipped a left-handed pass to Javale McGee for a dunk.

Chris Webber and Gary Payton had some animated reactions to the move on NBA TV last night. (By the way, if you guys haven't been watching Webber and Payton on NBA TV this season, you should treat yourself and watch those guys. They don't necessarily offer much insight, and their interviews are pretty much conversations with other NBA players, but their banter and nonsensical riffs are hilarious.)

At shootaround this morning, Gilbert Arenas wanted Young to show him the move again. Arenas told Young that he was lucky to get it off, but Young told him that he intended to make the play all along. Young tapped the ball a few times between his legs, spun right and did it again. He did it again to show Arenas that it wasn't a fluke.

Juan Dixon said, "It looked like he lost the ball, but he didn't. It was a good move."

Young grinned and nodded. McGee nodded his head in agreement.

"I know what I saw," Arenas said, "and he lost the ball!"

Young did the move one more time, so apparently he has been practicing it. Young just needs a good nickname for it.



By Michael Lee  |  January 14, 2009; 3:03 PM ET
 
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Comments

That's pretty. Too bad I missed that game.

Young has got a lock on the art of almost losing his dribble and then pulling of a sick move. Makes it look like he's only in second gear most of the time. Then when he almost blows it he gets serious for just a second and turns it up a notch. If we could get him to notch it up to 3rd right from the start we'd be ok. And maybe ... just maybe, if instead of 3 on the column he's got 4 on the floor, we might be on to something.

Posted by: Matte | January 14, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The drop defenders to their knees while you play with the ball between your legs move

Posted by: NFeKPo | January 14, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The drop defenders to their knees while you play with the ball between your legs move

Posted by: NFeKPo | January 14, 2009 3:23 PM

Bet Nick never tries the move on Eddy Curry.

Posted by: Henchlow | January 14, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The pat-a-cake twirl

Posted by: jones-y | January 14, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Nick is sick! He needs more floor time with Javale and Dominic. Our boy is becoming a man right before our eyes!

http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | January 14, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't know what to call it, but it looks like "escapism" to me, the way Young got Wallace to bite on the fumble before recovering with the dribble, spin and dish.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | January 14, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I like "Joker's Jinx" since NY is such a clown...in a good way.

Also, sounds like Gil is a little nervous about Nick heating up. God forbid he should not be the savior of the team whether playing or not.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 14, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

THE_SHADOW_KNOWS:

Rightous take on AGENT ZERO. Thought the same thing myself.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 14, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Yo WIZARDS INSIDERS:

Is that anything like a "CRAB DRIBBLE?"

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 14, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Also, sounds like Gil is a little nervous about Nick heating up. God forbid he should not be the savior of the team whether playing or not.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 14, 2009 4:48 PM

I'd say it sounded more like Gil giving him a hard time and teasing. but i can see how you think it's an insecurity thing, that is, if you're looking for it.

Gil's just ribbing the youngsters. nothing new here.

Posted by: crs-one | January 14, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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