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How George Gervin Made the Finger Roll Famous

Revisiting one of the smoothest players and one of the loveliest moves the game’s ever seen

Welcome to Ball the Right Moves, a new series from The Ringer’s J. Kyle Mann in which we’ll dissect the iconic individual maneuvers that have shaped the vocabulary and choreography of the game of basketball. In Episode 1, we turn our attention to one of the smoothest players and one of the loveliest moves the game’s ever seen—George Gervin and his finger roll.