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How to Do a Diamond Cutter Basketball Trick

Learn how to do a diamond cutter basketball trick from the Harlem Wizards in this Howcast basketball video.


Swoop: Broadway, you know this is my favorite part right here. I love the trick, I'm trying to be out there doing my thing on the trick thing I learned some other moves today.

Broadway: What so you want to learn?

Swoop: I want to learn how to do the Diamond Cutter.

Broadway: No, absolutely not.

Swoop: No, you got to teach me man.

Broadway: No, no.

Swoop: Please teach me.

Broadway: You want the Diamond Cutter?

Swoop: I want the Diamond Cutter, man.

Broadway: You want to go to the diamond district?

Swoop: I want to cut it up. The Diamond.

Broadway: So you going to survive 75-,

Swoop: Yes.

Broadway: Yeah, that's what I want to do. So I'm not going to teach you how to do the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: Why not?

Broadway: Because I've got somebody in here that's an expert.

Swoop: An expert?

Broadway: That can show us how to do the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: Oh I got to see this, I got to see this.

Broadway: We got the King here.

Swoop: Whoa.

Broadway: The King is going to teach you how to do the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: This is a very, very detailed very intricate trick.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: But, first remember Swoop.

Swoop: Yeah.

Broadway: You don't try this stuff.

Swoop: No, no.

Broadway: Just coming outside to play basketball.

Swoop: No, no, no.

Broadway: You don't just walk in the gym and Diamond Cut.

Swoop: No, no, no. We don't want to do that. You got to work on your fundamentals first.

Broadway: Fundamentals first.

Swoop: Be a ball player.

Broadway: Be a ball player.

Swoop: Then a trickster.

Broadway: Then a trickster.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: So then we'll learn how to do stuff like the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: So what the players on our team usually do, they usually start with the Catch On The Neck.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: Which we talked about earlier.

Swoop: Right.

Broadway: And then they go right into the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: Let's give it a shot.

Broadway: So King Arthur's first going to work on his bounce and his Catch On The Neck.

Swoop: Nice.

Broadway: You see that?

Swoop: Nice.

Broadway: Ball just stands right there. So what King Arthur is doing is he's bouncing that basketball and as soon as the basketball comes right around face level.

Swoop: Right.

Broadway: He's ducking right underneath it, keeps a straight back. Notice he has a good base.

Swoop: Nice.

Broadway: See the shoulder width apart? Good catch on the neck. And then from there he goes into the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: Now the motion with the Diamond Cutter, the reason it's called a Diamond Cutter, is because your arms are in the shape of a diamond.

Swoop: Oh I thought that was an isosceles triangle.

Broadway: Absolutely not.

Swoop: It's not?

Broadway: No.

Swoop: I took geometry.

Broadway: Yeah?

Swoop: Last week.

Broadway: How did you do?

Swoop: I didn't do to well.

Broadway: Obviously. So now back to this Isosceles Diamond Cutter. What Arthur's going to do is he's going to get the motion of his body going in a circle.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: Maintaining the shape of a diamond.

Swoop: Diamond.

Broadway: The ball will be rolling around his neck,

Swoop: Around the neck?

Broadway: and on his arm, in front of his head, and around it, and continuing the motion over and over.

Swoop: It like on a race car track.

Broadway: It is.

Swoop: Oh man, I got to see this. Show me.

Broadway: But you got to keep good balance...

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: ...or the ball will fall off your neck.

Swoop: okay, show me, show me, show me.

Broadway: So here's the first step. The bounce, the Catch On The Neck, and then he puts his hand in the motion, and then he goes into the Diamond Cutter. The ball stays up there, he can move as fast or as slow as he wants to.

Swoop: Wow, wow, wow.

Broadway: Controlling the basketball.

Swoop: Whoa. Can I try? First see, so first I got to get the Catch The Ball On Your Neck, okay. Ow, sorry. I go it, okay.

Broadway: You alright?

Swoop: Ow.

Broadway: No, no, no. Why don't I just put it on your neck?

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: Bend down.

Swoop: Okay. Ow.

Broadway: Yeah, yeah.

Swoop: What do I do now? I make, you said make a square right?

Broadway: No, not a, a diam-,

Swoop: A circle?

Broadway: A diamond.

Swoop: A diamond, oh a diamond, okay.

Broadway: There you go.

Swoop: What do I do now? Oh, it's going by itself. I don't know. Oh, it's going.

Broadway: Yeah.

Swoop: It's going.

Broadway: Yeah, you got it.

Swoop: Go get going, yeah. I'm dizzy, I'm dizzy.

Broadway: You are dizzy.

Swoop: Okay.

Broadway: You must be.

Swoop: Yeah.

[Broadway and Swoop]: Me myself I like the night, it's raining now, I feel the vibe.

Broadway: No man don't dance we're doing the thing, man.

Swoop: the Diamond Cutter.

Broadway: Yeah the Diamond Cutter. So, anyway there you have it. First you have to get the Catch On The Neck.

Swoop: Right.

Broadway: Then you have to put your hands in the right position, the diamond.

Swoop: Right.

Broadway: You got that ball and you got the roll around motion.

Swoop: Nice.

Broadway: And that's how you do the Diamond Cutter.

Swoop: I like it, I like it.

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