A great crossover is a basketball move many fans prefer better than a vicious dunk or a mesmerizing assist. The inventor of the modern crossover we know today is none other than Tim Hardaway, one of the best point guards from the ’90s who could drop 20 points and ten assists on a nightly basis with extreme ease.
Apart from his ability to score and make the right plays for his teammates, the crossover move was invented and popularized by him. Today, many players use it to get past their defenders; however, Allen Iverson is the other player who comes to mind when you think about excellent ball-handling and crossing people.
In an older interview, Hardaway was asked whether he still considers himself a better ball handler than Allen Iverson. The latter most of the younger fans associate with incredible ball-handling skills. Hardaway still thinks he is the crossover king, and something that set him apart from Iverson was that he never carried the ball when hitting players with his crossover move. He thinks many of the younger players cannot do a proper crossover without carrying the ball.
“No question I do. I couldn’t wait for somebody to say that. I’m the killer crossover king. That is me, Tim Hardaway. I invented the move, I didn’t carry, I didn’t set nobody up as Allen Iverson did. I came down, I crossed you over, I made you fall, I might make you tumble, but I made a move people are still trying to do today. They still try to work at it today. It takes hard work at it, and I tell the kids it’s not going to happen overnight. You need to work at it to perfect it. My crossover, my handles are better than Allen Iverson.Tim Hardaway
There is no doubt Hardaway is the creator of the modern crossover we know today, but it’s also a fact it was Iverson who popularized it further. Whether he was carrying the ball while doing it or not is a topic for debate, and some would say Hardaway sounds bitter and doesn’t give Iverson the respect he deserves. Nevertheless, even if he doesn’t think he did it appropriately, Iverson was the one who gave it it’s own twist and inspired numerous young kids around the world to do it. That can be seen in the NBA today, in which it’s a standard move for any guard who wants to get free of their defender and score the ball.