Originally Posted by HardwoodLegend
I wouldn't call it "horrendous". It was somewhat sloppy looking, but most behind-the-back crossovers with the defender right up against the player don't look that smooth. The player has to almost always look over to the ball to find it again.
I've seen some very smooth behind the back dribbles.
Check Kobe dancing on Ginobili in the WCSF of 2008. So smooth, and with purpose.
That Rudy Gay move was accidental. You can even see it on his expression and mannerisms as it happened.
It wasn't a MOVE put on LeBron, it was a reaction to LeBron's good anticipation on defense, and he threw it behind his back reacting ... and was damn lucky the help defender for Miami didn't snatch it.
Totally lucky move on his part, that had no dilberate intent being put on LeBron. He got lucky on his error, LeBron's good defense, and Miami help defender not picking up the loose / sloppy behind the back dribble.
The seas parted and he had an open lane to the basket.
All I'd mention is the thunderous dunk, not the supposed "crossover" on LeBron. And this is coming from someone who loves seeing LeBron get shook.
See Deron Williams crossover on him in 2011, making him completely turn around.