How do you actually sprain your ankle defending someone dribbling a basketball? I don't know if it is even possible. Whatever, if Jamal Crawford says he has done it before, I would believe him. Look at what he did to Rudy Gay here. It is obvious Crawford possesses one of the best handles in the league, and that he probably worked countless hours, relentlessly perfecting his craft, but guess what? He has never practiced his dribbling ever. Not once.
From LA Times:
Crawford's crossover is largely a function of quickness, deception and crafty ballhandling. Ambidextrous since infancy, he can fake out defenders going to his left or his right, though he has found that teams often shade him as if he prefers going to his right.This GUY. Just earlier in the summer, Jamal claimed to have practiced shooting for the first time in his 13th year in the NBA and now you are telling he doesn't practice his dribbling either? So what does he do at practice? Throw lobs to Blake Griffin? Somewhere Allen Iverson is fist pumping into the air, and proud of what he has done to the NBA.
Growing up, Crawford would dribble to the mall. He would dribble to the movies. If anyone stepped in his way, Crawford would make a move and keep going, not saying a word.
You might be surprised to know that Crawford never practices his crossover — or his dribbling, for that matter.
"It sounds crazy, right?" he said. "But I'm being dead honest. I just read what the defender does. And I think that's why it looks the way it does; it's different than anybody else's because it's not like I hit a cone or hit a spot and then did a move. It's along the lines of what the defender is doing."