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.)
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