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That is legal, as long as your hand only touches the top hemisphere of the ball.

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If you dribble a Basketball higher than your shoulders that is called a carry and you turn over the ball.

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Yes it is legal, but not very smart, because the defense can easily steal the ball when it is dribbled above the waist.

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