Many of the greatest NBA players had signature moves that defined their games. Kobe’s turnaround, Dirk’s fadeaway step-back, LeBron’s chasedown block.
For Jamal Crawford, that move is the shake-and-bake.
As the veteran guard explains in a new video for The Player’s Tribune, he actually made up the famed shake-and-bake on the fly during a Pro-Am All-Star Game. It’s not even a complete version of his idealized move:
“What a lot of people don’t know is, the version the NBA has seen is the reduced version. The way I made it up, I do it on command, but I don’t want to show everybody since I was waiting until I made the All-star game to pull it out.
“But after it didn’t happen, it’s just like one of those Prince records that’s in the vaults, it’s not going to ever come out.”
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) October 13, 2018
With the NBA set to begin in three days, Crawford has still not signed with a team. He declined a $4.5 million player option with the Timberwolves over the summer.
The Seattle native has averaged 15 points and 3.4 assists throughout his illustrious 18-year career.