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NBA Changes Its Traveling Rule… Sort Of

Chuck - Red's Army October 16, 2009 Uncategorized 4 Comments

Via ESPN.com:

NBA players will be able to take two steps before they have to stop, pass or shoot this season.

The
NBA has put into writing a rule allowing players on the move to gather
the ball, after driving or catching it, and then take two steps.
Throughout NBA history, the rulebook said players could take one step.

The
new rule reads, in part: "A player who receives the ball while he is
progressing or upon completion of a dribble, may take two steps in
coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball."

It is believed to be the first time any league, at any level anywhere in the world, has explicitly allowed two steps.

In March, NBA vice president of referee operations Joe Borgia told TrueHoop's Henry Abbott that referees had long been instructed to ignore the rulebook on this point and allow two steps.

So what does this mean? I don't have a clue. I'm guessing traveling will still be a subjective call largely influenced by the caliber of player with the ball. In other words, if LeBron James and Lester Hudson make the same questionable move, Hudson gets whistled for a violation while James is celebrated for a fantastic move.

Speaking of rules, NBA.com has a cool video rulebook feature which gives examples of every foul and infraction. There are four examples of illegal screens, none of which show Kendrick Perkins. Go figure…

Since it's a dry news day, let's celebrate the weekend with some pictures of cheerleaders from our favorite Russian hoop team – Red Army (courtesy of Uncoached).

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115711f7ae3970b Dre (from Los Angeles)

    1. There’s a rule that says a player can only take one step.
    2. The league told the referees to ignore said rule, and allow two steps.
    3. Referees allow 3 steps.
    4. The league adopts a rule that makes two steps official.
    I’m thinking that at some point, dribbling is going to be optional. If I had it my way, it would be two steps and the “pro hop” would be banned. Scoring would be down, but at least I’d be watching real basketball.

  • Orb

    Reminds me of the old ESPN ad:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlpsuq6iABg

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    2 1/2 steps was the rule in my day. Whether off the dribble or catching a pass into a layup, one-two then jump. How will this effect the pivot foot? If you’ve established a pivot with the ball and haven’t used your dribble yet, can you switch pivots?
    I agree on the “pro hop”. One step and then you hop and both feet land…that’s 2 more steps.

  • respectthecoc

    What’s the big deal. NBA players have been traveling for decades now with little/ no calls.
    Magic Johnson stopped dribbling at half court when taking a layup.
    Pretty soon dribbling will be optional..