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#1 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 05:56 PM

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James is still talkin' the walk.

Two days after he was surprisingly whistled for traveling in the closing seconds of Cleveland's 80-77 loss at Washington, James maintains his "crab dribble" was legal and that he has no plans to remove it from his arsenal.

The Cavaliers superstar was adamant after the game that he didn't walk. He said it was a "bad call" and that "they [the NBA] need to look at it and they need to understand that's not a travel."

King James hasn't changed his stance.

"I've done that move plenty of times and I believe it's a good move," he said after practice on Tuesday. "If they called it more consistently, then I guess it ain't a good move then and I'll change my game. But it's not called consistently."

James was driving for a potential tying basket when referee Bill Spooner called him for the traveling violation. James was stunned and so were many of the Wizards, who have complained in the past that James takes extra steps when he attacks the basket.

Spooner explained his call in an e-mail: "3 steps on the move to the basket. Basic travel call."

An NBA spokesman said the league supports Spooner's call.

The did-he-or-didn't-he-walk debate has raged since the final horn, much to James' amusement.

"Everything I do is a big deal," James said, smiling. "It's easy for people who don't play the game of basketball to say something about a certain move. You hear all the people on SportsCenter talk about it, but they've never touched a basketball in their lives. They just report about it."

James appreciates how difficult it is for officials to make split-second decisions in a game where the players are getting bigger, faster and stronger each year.

"It's definitely tough," he said. "We all make mistakes. I'm not downplaying the refs because they do an unbelievable job. I couldn't do it. It is tough because guys can do a lot of things that they couldn't do back in the 60s and 70s."

James raised some eyebrows when he called his infamous move at Washington a "crab dribble," an unknown term to most league observers.

He described it as a hesitation dribble he uses to slow down the defense before he accelerates toward the rim. James feels he should be entitled to two steps once he stops dribbling.

"If they take it away like they've done before with the hop step, I'll find a way to do something else," he said.

During his first two seasons, James often was called for traveling when he would hop on both feet while taking a layup. The league cracked down on his patented move, forcing him to do other things but hardly interrupting his ascent to stardom.

"How have I fared after that?" he deadpanned. "I'll be fine if they take this away, too."


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#2 Guest_Chicano_*

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 05:57 PM

Man, this guy is something eh? :lol:

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 05:59 PM

i've been trying real hard to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it's just getting ridiculous.

someone needs to man up and tell him that it is in fact a travel.

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 06:00 PM

I hope LeBron can man up and admit he choked that game.

I'd plow Vanessa Bryant.


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Posted January 06, 2009 - 07:19 PM

Still?!?!?! <_<

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 07:22 PM

Well it's not like he has a whole variety to choose from anyway.

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 07:23 PM

"Everything I do is a big deal," James said, smiling. "It's easy for people who don't play the game of basketball to say something about a certain move. You hear all the people on SportsCenter talk about it, but they've never touched a basketball in their lives. They just report about it."


"It's definitely tough," he said. "We all make mistakes. I'm not downplaying the refs because they do an unbelievable job. I couldn't do it. It is tough because guys can do a lot of things that they couldn't do back in the 60s and 70s."


Seriously? This isn't funny. He truly believes that he didn't travel. 3 steps is a travel, that was NOT a crab dribble, it was 3 friggin' steps. This is just sad. :hmm:

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 07:42 PM

He must has an extra leg there for him to walk 3 instead of the usual 2 with 2 leg.....-_-"




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Posted January 06, 2009 - 09:19 PM

ok..then your gonna set the record for travels in a game.
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Posted January 06, 2009 - 10:54 PM

:nah: right next time he'll invented the shrimp dribble :thumbsdown:

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 11:22 PM

All that media attention because of a simple traveling violation...

Disturbing I must say.
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Posted January 06, 2009 - 11:24 PM

^ Slow news days perhaps?

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 11:25 PM

^ Slow news days perhaps?

Well the media keeps asking him about it and Lebron is making himself look more and more stupid every word.

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Posted January 06, 2009 - 11:27 PM

^ True that as well. Here you have a major sports star pushing the envelope of pure embarrassment and self stupidity.

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Posted January 07, 2009 - 02:39 AM

He's just making himself look more pathetic.

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Posted January 07, 2009 - 07:40 AM

I hope he realizes it all soon. VERY. soon.

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Posted January 07, 2009 - 09:36 AM

What the hell is a crab dribble? :wacko:

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Posted January 07, 2009 - 09:36 AM

I really hope the refs call him for a travel everytime he does it from now on.

Unfortunately, David Stern will end up making the move legal during the off season.

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Posted January 07, 2009 - 10:12 AM

As long as he doesn't pick up the ball too early, there's nothing wrong with using the crab dribble. He's done it before without traveling.

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Posted January 07, 2009 - 10:20 AM

i don't see how his coach hasn't told him to just shut up...clearly the league and most everyone else thinks its a travel, and whether he honestly thinks he didn't take 3 steps after he had possession in this instance or not, he's not doing anything but calling more attention to it, and now its going to be a huge deal if he does it again and refs don't call it...showing up the refs is never a good idea...ask mark cuban and the dallas mavericks

Jim Rome on the subject -

"crab dribble is code for, do you know who i am?"

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