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Kyrie Irving explains the evolution of his crossover

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NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 19: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during warm ups against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on March 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.

Which is what Kyrie Irving has done with his deadly crossover dribble — steal ideas from the best.

He spoke with SLAM Magazine and said that it all started with trying to be like Allen Iverson, but it grew from there.

“When I was younger, I always wanted the AI Crossover,” Irving said from his ProCamp in Cleveland. “In elementary school that was the only move I had, was the Allen Iverson crossover. I probably practiced that crossover a million times…

“I had the Timmy Hardaway too,” Irving told SLAM. “I practiced the Tim Hardaway move over a million times as well, along with the KJ (Kevin Johnson), which was just go by everybody with quickness. Over time, I combined all of them together, and made it into my own move.

“It was fun learning from those guys, and watching CP3 too, all of them,” Kyrie added. “I grew up on all of them, and I’ve incorporated different things from all their games into mine.”

There is almost nothing new on a basketball court, everything has been done before by someone somewhere. Everyone learns — or steals — from someone. And if you’re going to steal some crossover tips, AI and Hardaway are as good as they come.