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NBA Imports: The "Euro Step" Moves To North America

Manu Ginobili

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Manu Ginobili is the master of the "Euro Step," as well as playing with a giant Breathe Right strip.

American basketball players have taught the rest of the world plenty of slick moves from the crossover dribble to "The Dougie," but as the New York Times noted, the rest of world has been giving back to roundball with "The Euro Step." What is this fancy footwork we speak of, you may ask? It's when a player "drives past a defender by stepping one way and then quickly taking a big lateral step in the other direction," made famous by players such as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. It's rubbed off on other ballers such as Knicks guard Roger Mason, who picked up the technique while on the Spurs, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, and Agent D3 himself, Dwyane Wade, who must have learned it while rescuing a monarch overseas.

To the casual observer, the Euro Step comes awfully close to traveling,* but as Dwyane shows you in this video, you can totally fake out your opponents while keeping it NBA legal. One thing we noticed: Dwyane refers to the move as the "Two Step." Isn't that name a little confusing, what with the country two-step, Ciara's dance and Tim Hardaway's "UTEP Two-Step" getting the jump on you? May we suggest "The Manu Maneuver"? Actually, the man credited with introducing the "Euro Step" to North America is Sarunas Marciulionis, but it's harder to say "Marciulionis Maneuver," so we're sticking with Ginobili.

The Times notes that there are other internationals rubbing off on Americans, such as Luis Scola's pump-fake arsenal. Glad that the Argentinian can school the league with his up-and-unders. If not, we hear he's available to teach other dance moves.

*Insert your own joke about NBA refs and enforcing the double dribble rule here