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Brandon Roy's traveling winner

This game happened three days ago, and Michael Lee already posted the guts of this video, and no one cares if the Wizards lose a west-coast game during the NCAA tournament, and it's probably better if they lose anyhow so they can collect more futile ping-pong balls.

That said, why even bother having rules about steps. Just stroll around out on the court. Bring a shade umbrella, maybe, and some tea biscuits. I know there have been modifications to the NBA travel rules that I don't exactly understand, permitting 4,000 steps to be taken before a shot in various circumstances, but this still seemed excessive. To wit:

Brandon Roy is picking up his dribble. The ball has just hit his hand. He won't dribble again.

A hop step. Nothing novel there. Both feet have lifted off since the previous screengrab, and both are heading back toward terra firma. Prepare for a two-handed set shot, yes?

Nope. Instead, Roy steps through the defender with his right foot. This is around the point when the gents who played basketball back in the '40s have already ridiculed the NBA for allowing excessive stepping; they change the station to Perry Mason.

And now he steps through again, this time with his left foot, for good measure. I know this isn't how any basketball league judges things, but for the record, his feet have not hit the ground a combined six times since his last dribble. And if you're going to say "you don't call that in the final 10 seconds," why not just grab the ball, tuck it under your shirt and do a full end-to-end sprint any time you reach single-digits on the clock?

Bah, whatever. At least I didn't have the Wizards as my Friday pick in my March, 2010 NBA survivor pool. Then I'd have really been salty.

(Turns out Bullets Forever beat me to this. Apologies.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 21, 2010; 10:13 PM ET
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Amen Steinberg. Amen.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 21, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The best parts of the ACC tournament were seeing travels being called and arm bars still accepted as part of the game. It's good to take a break from the NBA now and again to remember what basketball was like.

And aren't Burr and Hopper looking a little heavy to you?

Posted by: WorstSeat | March 22, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg's next bog posts:
1. Turn down that music, it's too loud!
2. Kids shouldn't storm the court, 12 Rules
3. Leave Tiger alone!!
4. Sports athletes can't compare to the heroes of my day.

Posted by: Slake31 | March 22, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

IT'S THE NBA for god sakes, eat some cheese with that WHINE!

Posted by: caphcky | March 22, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

If players started doing this, I'd probably resume watching NBA basketball.


why not just grab the ball, tuck it under your shirt and do a full end-to-end sprint any time you reach single-digits on the clock?

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Normally I'd agree with you, and have in the past, but you've really only got to be picking on this because it was a game winner aginst the Wiz.

This kind of thing happens all the time, NBA or college ball (especially in the bigger conferences). The guy dribbles, hop lands after his last dribble, then gets his two steps.

The hop-step land does not count as two steps but acts as the starting point for the counting of post-dribble steps. This happens all the time, and isn't new.

Posted by: jcleggette | March 22, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Dude. He picks up his dribble for a pump fake. Then he takes two more steps. Even LeBron would be embarassed.

Posted by: VeCente115 | March 22, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Dan, but you're wrong. Counting "steps" in slo-mo is not how the game is called. At least you admitted that you don't understand the rules.

Rule #1 of traveling in the NBA is "does it look awkward?" If the answer is yes, then it's probably going to be called. (this is the de facto rule, not the rule as stated in the book. See Henry Abbot's many-part series last season if you actually want to understand.)

The game isn't called in slo-mo, so watch it in regular speed and ask yourself if it looks awkward. To me, I watched it several times and to the naked eye, it looks like he picks up his dribble, jump stops, and pivots with his left foot before leaving the floor. Sure, in slow motion you can see the step you labeled "3" (which really counts as "1"), but it's not obvious full speed that he dragged that pivot foot. The step through, which you labeled "4" is therefore a pivot.

The whole thing was smooth as butter, and it's highly unlikely to be called at *any* time during the game, nonetheless with less than a second left.

Posted by: sagcat | March 28, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Also, if you watch basketball like NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, NBA, COLLEGE... it's painful. Even in the Big Conference tourneys and the NCAA's there are so mane stupid mistakes that it makes this viewer want to beat his head against a brick wall. College of course is kids playing amateur ball, so I try to be forgiving, but the number of terrible decisions and flat out bone-headed moves is appalling. Even a Wiz-Clipps game is cleaner than the best college game.

Posted by: sagcat | March 28, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

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