Word on the Street

Off the Heezay (of thuh he’-zee) noun. A streetball move in which the offensive player places the ball on or throws it off of the defender’s head before retrieving it and cutting to the basket.

Word trivia: Although the move can be wildly entertaining when executed by skilled players on the streetball circuit or an AND1 mixtape, it is actually quite annoying when employed during an actual pickup game. Unfortunately, more and more urban youths (many of which are decidedly UNskilled) try to use maneuvers like the off the heezay because they think they’re streetballers. The off the heezay is second only to the “dribble the ball between the defender’s legs” move for causing turnovers and broken plays in pickup leagues and health clubs across the country.

How it’s done: According to HoopsVibe, the off the heesay (which they refer to as “off da heezay“) is executed as follows:

1. Dribble low and fast to draw the defense toward you.

2. When they crouch into the defensive position, straighten up and throw the ball gently off their forehead.

3. Catch the ball and continue dribbling.

Videographic extra: Here’s a rather amusing example of the off the heezay I found on YouTube.

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