Blake Griffin Cross-Trains with Handball Legend Timbo Gonzalez | The Crossover: Part 1


(city sounds) ♪ (music) ♪I want a long and healthy career.I want to be quicker,I want to be stronger,
and I want to be a leader.
I know that if I’m going to take myself
to where I want to go
as an athlete and a person,I have to look
at all my training options.
The usual practice just isn’t enough.I want more edge over my opponents.Cross training is so important.I can improve myself and have
a lower impact on my body,
so that’s why I’m here
in New York City today.
I’m at the West 4th Street Handball courtsto meet handball legend Timbo Gonzalez.Timbo is famous for his eye-hand
coordination and speed.
My goal with Timbo is to seehow he gets that speed
through his training.
♪ (slow jazz) ♪ (ball popping) – What’s up, man?
– How you doing, man? – You alright?
– Good morning, bro. – Nice to meet you. How’s everything?
– Good, good, good. – I appreciate you–
– You ready to play handball? I’m ready. Yeah, I want to go
through the full thing. I want to see everything you do. I’ve known about the basketball courts
for a long time. You always hear about games here,
but to be on these courts— I mean, the atmosphere is insane. So, basically, it’s a follow through.
You know, just— Always want to face your palm, also. You always want to connect it,
face it towards the wall. – Right.
– Once you get used to it you can start— Aiming is different–
hand movements that you can do for different shots,
and they come out differently. And to put, some spins
on the ball and stuff. But basically like
a follow through, you know? Just throw it and then
(ball pops) you just— – So it’s more like palm–
– Yeah, you just– – Palm to the wall.
– Exactly. It doesn’t necessarily
have to be shoulder. Yeah, you just–you got it. Get a good stance.
That way you get a good swing, and just follow the ball,
just kind of guide it to the wall. Okay. There you go. Blake is nice, easygoing, you know?
He’s a quick learner. (ball popping)
There you go. – Ohhh!
– There you go. (chuckles) That left isn’t quite as good. The basic idea is court control,
so you always want to be in the middle. Okay. And always want to have the guy
moving around, basically wear him down. You always want to send them
where they’re not at, just like tennis. When the guy’s to the right,
you send him to the left. (ball popping) Oh! If that would have hit,
that would have been a good shot. – It was right on the line.
– Couple more inches? Yeah, it was right on the line. I didn’t know what to expect. I also didn’t know much about the game,so once we kind of got that down
and got into the workout,
the one thing I definitely wasn’t
ready for was the endurance factor,
and just how much
you have to move your feet. So let’s get the medicine ball. It’s like eight pounds. Pretty sure. There’s nothing to it. It’s pretty light.
(chuckles) Alright. – Get over there.
– Ahh! (shuffling and ball bouncing) (sounds of exertion) – (Bleep) My bad.
– Don’t worry about it.I was dripping sweat when we were doingthe medicine ball against the wall
and Timbo was just kind of— I think he—I saw him yawn
like three or four times, so it kind of made me put things
in perspective for me.But that’s the endurance
and the way he trains,
so definitely have a lot of respect. So now, this is just going to make it– Our movements—
it’ll just pull us back a little bit. Yeah. You’re going to feel it after a while
when you get up here. You feel it, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. ♪ (music) ♪ Oh my god! (laughter) (shuffling and ball popping) There you go. Let’s go, ready? Go! Get in there!The vest with the resistance band,
the endurance was crazy.
But then you’re still having
to find the ball, make the right moves, footwork. It teaches you how to backpedal,it teaches you how to move
side to side faster,
and it gives you more core strength.But then, also, you’re doing something
that doesn’t just come naturally.
You’re having to think
a little bit harder.
You’re mentally being fatigued,
as well as physically,so that’s one thing I loved about this,is I’m trying to remember
all of the things he’s telling me,
but at the same time,
we’re going through this workout.
And for him, it’s easy, but for me,having to go through that mental
and physical thing at the same time,
I think, just kind of pushes you
to have a next level workout.
It’s a lot smarter way of training.So, you ready for a game of handball?
Let’s play one quick game? Sure. What do you want to play, to 21 or 11? – We’ll go 21.
– 21? Full game? – Yeah.
– Alright, cool. Well, just be you.
You go hard, try to score on me. Okay, you get first serve. Remember, you get two tries
to get it over that line. Keep it in this box. – Okay.
– And then from there, we rally. Okay. You can only score on your serve.
Game 21. Let’s go. There you go. ♪ (music) ♪ Good try. – Ready?
– Yep. Ball. Out. – Score is 1-0.
– Yep. It was great to be
with a world-class athlete.It shows you how much different
his training is, my training,
and we both come together,
and you know, we can enjoy something. Oh, good shot! Now it’s your serve.
Now you got to try and score. 0-7. ♪ (music) ♪ Good shot. 1-7. He’s really good. I’ve never had
anyone able to hit the ball to me back as many times as he did.He got down to the basicsand he learned how to place
the ball at angles,
and he’s a big guy, so it was pretty hardtrying to see the ball around him,and every time he sent me an angle,
I couldn’t really read it,
so I had to really focus
on how to get to the ball
and just get it back to him. ♪ (music) ♪ (shuffling, ball popping) (sounds of exertion) Get in there! – (Bleep).
– Get in there! Get in there! Get in there! Good volley, man.
You’re doing good, bro, trust me. Plenty of people wouldn’t even be able to keep up with a volley like that. There you go. Go for your shot. Go in there. There you go!
Good shot, Blake. 2-19, let’s go!
Try to score again, let’s go! Go for your shot! Oh, nice shot! Great shot! – Thank you.
– That’s a professional shot. I wish I meant to do that. You got me. That’s what counts. Working out with Blake today,
and giving him a walkthrough,and showing him my sport,it was actually one
of the best experiences I’ve had.
Oh, my god! – Give me some.
– Good game, man. – Nice game, man.
– Appreciate it, man. – Nice game, man. Good playing, dude.
– Thank you. That was crazy, man.
I got a lot of respect for you! The biggest takeaway for me
is the constant reading and reacting.You’re constantly watching
the ball off the wall, moving your feet,
trying to get in front of the ball,
chasing the ball, and that’s–
Everything we do defensively
in basketball
is just reading and reacting to the play,
the man, the ball, everything.
So this is a great
just read-and-react drill.
That was awesome.
That was perfect. I appreciate it, man.
Thank you very much, man. – No problem.
– Good luck to you, bro. Next for me is track and field.Obviously, basketball is a lot of running,fast breaks, things like that,so trying to incorporate that
into my game a little bit more.
(Carmelita Jeter) Come on, come on,
come on, come on. Lift! Up top. Up top. Big! (inaudible) ♪ (music) ♪


100 Responses

  1. Angel Dumitru

    May 27, 2017 2:01 am

    Dose anyone know what kind of ball are they using?
    It a ball only for this sport or is "stolen" from other sport?

  2. Dimitri

    May 29, 2017 12:12 am

    this not handball…. handball got 6 players + goalkeeper and its a team sport first u take our name from football (soccer) and now handball come to europe and check out some real handball

  3. davidjovanovik

    June 6, 2017 7:35 pm

    This is not handball americans (i know its hard to understand because you create new sports every year and call them established names)
    This is called Ball slapping to the wall sport

  4. Markel Gibelalde

    July 3, 2017 1:49 pm

    In the basque country is better and stronger, the pelota is the most strong ball in the world. This is not handball is esku pilota

  5. Nirav

    August 8, 2017 6:00 pm

    wtf. What game is that? Imma call it US handball cuz where I live that would be called hitting a ball against a wall.

  6. Stevee Nall

    August 15, 2017 6:26 am

    This handball was created before the Olympic handball. This handball is apart of GAA an Irish sport

  7. BigmoDaco

    October 7, 2017 7:31 am

    I think it's just awesome that he recognizes Hard work in another sport, he is a humble professional kid who respects work, and the way he treated Timbo was awesome, I think he would've done the same whether the cameras were there or not, he was really professional , I respect humble people, rich or not. great video.

  8. Andy Hollan

    October 8, 2017 10:25 pm

    Documentary on legendary and extremely controversial handball champion Paul Haber is on Youtube.Go to Paul Haber:Against the Wall

  9. Troy Da Boy

    October 27, 2017 8:58 am

    This is not how my school plays handball. It hits the ground first and its and we dont use points AND its a bigger ball AANNDD you can use two hands AAAAAANNNNNNNDDDDDD server can say different rules

  10. Franccesco Pisa

    December 19, 2017 5:07 am

    Everyone know what its handball so this thing anyone gonna know what it is.U.S people must be stop believing they can name whatever they want just because is U.S. grow up idiots you aren’t americans you are U.S citizens just that you play Handegg not Football and the new one you play Wallball not Handball deal with it and stop steal names is just enough with the oil you steal of other countries.

  11. Timotheus24

    February 22, 2018 11:13 pm

    ok i knew americans use the term "football" wrong… but also handball? can someone tell them that when they invent a sport they should also find a new name for it and dont take names of other sports?

    hey look what we do: we drive motorcycles and try to throw an inflated leather cube into an oval hole in the ceiling. lets call this sport ice hockey…

  12. PlEntZiWtF

    May 16, 2018 10:58 pm

    This is a basque sport, the name is " eskupilota". The handball is a sport team and is very different

  13. skia

    June 6, 2018 3:30 pm

    my god people in primary schools play this like everyday but yo handballs courts are really courts

  14. I was Batman

    July 7, 2018 9:17 am

    Blake Griffin did pretty dam well first time really playing lmao kool kool I like this

  15. Tanya O

    July 7, 2018 4:08 pm

    Ah, this takes me back. How I spent my summers growing up in NYC. I haven't played in decades since I haven't lived in NYC and I haven't found a court in other states. But I'm pushing to get an outdoor handball court in Houston suburbs

  16. Pe Joshy

    July 26, 2018 5:48 am

    The speed of timbo playing a real handball game, is 100 faster than this. He went slow and easy on blake

  17. Theo_ VeVo

    August 8, 2018 6:11 am

    Our paster at our school is the best handball player I've ever seen, but I play with four squares

  18. dep one

    August 16, 2018 7:10 am

    i bet you that tall dude couldn't use his right hand for a few days after playing that hard his first time, it takes time to build up the ability to play hard without sacrificing your hand's functionality

  19. Mara Šarušić

    May 9, 2019 9:29 pm

    Im kinda confused,because i play the handball where you have a ball you throw in a goal

  20. SolidSmurf91

    November 7, 2019 1:52 pm

    Tsss funny all the Europeans saying this isn’t handball meanwhile the sport was created by foreigners in Ireland late 1800s then it got adopted by America and uk and had also been referred to or nicknamed “wallball” then when the Europeans made their version of handball which is just hand soccer or hand futbol whatever u call it, wallball was becoming the term to refer to as in that sport just for confusion but here in America one wall handball is the most underrated sport n that has never been televised in America we have 4 wall televised mostly which is handball inside a four wall squash court so Europeans stop being quick to make America look like we’re just second to you as a country and/or continent and technically Europe is just a bigger America with more varieties and diversity in culture and society…. as a American nyc handball player from Harlem do research and please dare to debunk anything I have said or correct me


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