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NBA Traveling: "We Really Don't Reference the Rulebook"

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#1 BeeZee


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Posted March 04, 2009 - 12:48 PM

Wade makes a body fake for the baseline, freezing Bryant for an instant, then drives hard for the middle, where Bryant guides Wade into a helping teammate.

One of the NBA's great genies, it appears, has been bottled.

But no!

Still moving at warp speed, Wade picks up his dribble while spinning hard on his right leg. The move neatly tucks Bryant away from the play, while opening Wade a seam to the hoop. Ball in hand, he storms the opening with first one big step, onto his left foot, and another, onto his right. Then, while a foul is called, he finally elevates and shoots.

In real time, the whole thing takes less than a second, and it's hard to tell what happens. But Borgia has referee eyes, and sees after one quick viewing that this is a case of a player gathering the ball and then taking two steps and shooting.

"I don't see a travel," says Borgia. "He gathers the ball, and then he gets a one-two."

The same play appears in slow motion. At this speed, however, it's clear Wade's spin included a simultaneous hop. That's a moving pivot foot -- which should be called a travel every time.

Seeing that, Borgia allows, this is certainly one of many travel calls that are missed in any NBA season, but this isn't one that he'll lose sleep over. "If you can see that in real time," he says, "God bless you."


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Posted March 04, 2009 - 12:49 PM

there was at least 5 different blogs posts from espn about this in my reader this morning.

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