New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul hit Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant with a mean crossover during Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Just before halftime of Game 4 between the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers, Hornets point guard Chris Paul added Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to his crossover victims list, nailing him with a vicious left-to-right cross at the top of the key before getting to the basket to finish an uncontested lay-up.
Paul methodically dribbled near the three-point line, setting Bryant up with a behind-the-back dribble from his right to the left. As Bryant leaned in, Paul unleashed the beast, crossing back over to his strong hand and leaving Bryant in cement shoes. A few power steps and Paul was near the rim, where he kissed in the lay-up as he crashed into the baseline crowd.
Here's a look at the video.
The obvious comparison is Allen Iverson's immortal crossover of Michael Jordan, in which he set it up with a similar back-and-forth rocking motion. Bryant was left grasping at air just like Jordan was, although Iverson settled for hitting a pull-up jumper rather than attacking the basket.
In case you haven't watched an NBA game in the last 15 years, here's video of Iverson working Jordan courtesy of YouTube user vanessama.
Iverson's cross is seen as a stepping stone in Jordan's aging process and the heralding of a new generation of players. Paul's doesn't carry that kind of weight. Bryant is still near the top of his game, and the Lakers remain atop of the NBA.
Chris Paul crosses up Kobe Bryant video
Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:26 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 11:33 pm