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Golden State Warrior Jordan Bell made highlights with his between-the-legs pass to Stephen Curry. After the Milwaukee Bucks game, Zaza Pachulia claimed he taught Jordan Bell that pass. Was Zaza right? Come along on a quick historical tour of how the “Zaza pass” became part of Warriors culture, all the way back to Andrew Bogut and even Luke Walton’s playing days. Video from the Warriors-Bucks game on Dec 7 2018.

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Golden State Warrior Jordan Bell made highlights with his between-the-legs pass to Stephen Curry. After the Milwaukee Bucks game, Zaza Pachulia claimed he taught Jordan Bell that pass. So, was Zaza right? Come along on a quick historical tour of how the “Zaza pass” became part of Warriors culture, all the way back to Andrew Bogut and even Luke Walton’s playing days.

Jordan Bell Passes Between the Legs to Stephen Curry

Golden State Warrior Jordan Bell made highlights with his between-the-legs pass to Stephen Curry. After the Milwaukee Bucks game, Zaza Pachulia claimed he taught Jordan Bell that pass. Was Zaza right? Come along on a quick historical tour of how the “Zaza pass” became part of Warriors culture, all the way back to Andrew Bogut and even Luke Walton's playing days. By @EricApricot. More videos and full articles at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Zaza on the Zaza Pass

I got to ask Pachulia about this pass technique in last year’s exclusive interview:

EA: I’ve noticed that you’ve been passing the ball between your legs a lot this year. Is that something you’re doing just for the joy of it, or is there a basketball reason? What do the coaches think?

ZP: The true basketball reason, honestly, is I find it easier to release the ball a little earlier, and then I have time to set a good screen on my guy, you know whoever my guy is coming off.

So, at the same time, fans like it. [laughs] I don’t know. People like it, and they’ll put it on social media. But I’m not trying to be fancy or anything. I’m trying to stay disciplined and be who I am and play this game the right way. So, who cares how you pass it between your legs, the handoff, or overhead. As long as the ball gets delivered to the right guy at the right place and it leads to an easy shot.

That’s what it’s about. It looks fancy out there, because not everyone is doing it, but for me I’m just happy to get my guy open with a wide open shot.

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