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Another more advanced way to change directions and protect the ball is with a between the legs dribble. Tim Hardaway made this move famous in the '90's.
Here is a break down going right to left: The head and shoulders should make the defender think you wanna go right. The move should look like a hesitation dribble going to the right, then at the last second you plant your right foot creating an explosion point(see basketball terms) to the left. As you come to your stop, a quick "scissors" action of your legs will then get your right foot from out front, to behind you, allowing for the crossover from your right hand to your left hand take place, again, through the legs. The key to achieving the "quickness" in the move is practicing the "scissors" motion with your legs. The quicker you can set-up for the crossover with the scissor, the more deadly it will be.