Now, it’s become a game-wide phenomenon, used everywhere from the local YMCA to the Staples Center. No doubt a great move already, the Euro-step has now taken on a life of its own, falling into the hands of American players.
Technology advances music and film, allowing them to push the limits in the same way that athleticism advances and shapes the game of basketball – and sports in general. In the past 10-15 years, we’ve seen ballplayers become increasingly and freakishly athletic.
Dwyane Wade has mastered the Euro-step better than anyone else, but Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker and a gaggle of other players are using the move with regularity. And not just those who are in the Association. Watching the pros do it first, college, high school and players even younger have looked to add the move to their repertoire, as well. Ironically, referees are so foreign to the move and its usage that many times they call it a travel, especially at the lower levels.
Former Memphis and current Kentucky head coach John Calipari has especially seemed to take a liking to the euro-step (his dribble-move offense utilizes some European principles, as well), as many of his players, namely John Wall, Tyreke Evans and current Wildcat Brandon Knight have made great use of it. As has been the case in Europe, the Euro-step is now being taught at increasingly earlier ages, which is both good and bad. Good, because it’s a stunningly effective move. Bad, because it shouldn’t take the place of traditional fundamentals, and the move is not for everyone. It requires a special deceptiveness and great athleticism. If not, the player will travel or barrel into a patiently waiting defender.
Nonetheless, the Euro-step is the latest step in the game of basketball, deeply influencing offensive and defensive techniques.