NBA to alter traveling rules

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 10-16-2009, 04:11 AM         #1
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NBA to alter traveling rules
 

 
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.

On a conference call with reporters earlier this week, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson told Abbott: "Based on Joe's comments, when you had a conversation with Joe, we did in fact tweak the language on traveling in this year's book."

Enforcement of the one-step rule has been hit-or-miss at every level of basketball. Archival footage shows NBA greats, from Magic Johnson and Pete Maravich to Bob Cousy and Julius Erving, getting away with two steps. Borgia, whose father was also an NBA official, said he cannot remember a time when NBA referees did not allow two steps.

Others insist allowing two steps represents an NBA strategy to aid scorers and make the league more exciting. Legendary point guard and current Knick broadcaster Walt "Clyde" Frazier says the league relaxed traveling standards some time ago to increase scoring.

"They go 20 feet to the hoop without dribbling one time," Frazier said. "This is what they are getting away with nowadays. Some of them are so obvious. You'll hear me on the broadcast saying 'That's a travel! Watch the feet!' Wilt [Chamberlain] would have averaged 100 points a game if they had let him do that.

"When guys couldn't put up points, about when they changed the hand-check rule, they made things easier for scorers, because these players can't shoot like we did," Frazier said. "Those few years when the Knicks were good [the early 1990s] -- that wasn't pretty basketball."

Whether or not this will affect play on the court remains to be seen. Referees have long been instructed to allow two steps and in interviews with NBA players last season there was some confusion about the rule. But most said they thought they were allowed to take two steps.


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 NBA on traveling: Two steps are better than one - ESPN

55 comments for "NBA to alter traveling rules"

 8 years ago '06        #2
Blah 17 heat pts17
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should speed up the game
 8 years ago '07        #3
KoolBreeze 9 heat pts
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no way they change the rule of traveling.
 10-16-2009, 04:28 AM         #4
TimeIsMoney  OP
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They did it LeBrick.
 8 years ago '98        #5
ronnie|A 10 heat pts10
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So I guess the crab dribble is legit this coming season.
 8 years ago '05        #6
Schavez98 5 heat pts
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i don't usually give in to conspiracy theories and all that stuff. That Lebron move was a travel last year and the travel had nothing to do with crab dribbling. But what it did have to do with is this exact rule right here. This really seems like the beginning of the James Rules. How do they change a fundamental aspect of the game? I love this sport like most of you love football. This really pisses me off and the only reason I can understand them doing this is to give "flashy" players the edge.
 8 years ago '07        #7
ptwist 43 heat pts43
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In 5 years Lebron is gonna be supermannin hoes with a stiff arm to the basket.
 8 years ago '04        #8
bibbyboi 25 heat pts25
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Dude this was the "unwritten" rule since forever....stop with this conspiracy bulls**t....99.9% of you thought the rule in the NBA was 2 steps anyway....smdh....
 8 years ago '08        #9
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 bibbyboi said:
Dude this was the "unwritten" rule since forever....stop with this conspiracy bulls**t....99.9% of you thought the rule in the NBA was 2 steps anyway....smdh....
Exactly! And that crab dribble was a travel cuz he took 3 steps so yall can shut that LBJ conspiracy s**t up
 8 years ago '04        #10
franchise 60 heat pts60
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if the "crab dribble" is done correctly, its called a hop step or jump stop and is not traveling.

sick of every idiot saying crab dribble crab dribble crab dribble.
 8 years ago '04        #11
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 franchise said:
if the "crab dribble" is done correctly, its called a hop step or jump stop and is not traveling.

sick of every idiot saying crab dribble crab dribble crab dribble.

by rule a hop step is a travel anyways, or an up and down...whatever you wanna call it, either way it is still illegal...and they NEVER call that bulls**t move either

nba just might as well throw all rules out the window because none are enforced anyways, that's why college bball is 1000x>>>>>
 8 years ago '04        #12
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 Wheezy1281 said:
by rule a hop step is a travel anyways, or an up and down...whatever you wanna call it, either way it is still illegal...and they NEVER call that bulls**t move either

if done correctly, its legal.
 8 years ago '06        #13
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Havent they been doing this the last couple of years and just havent been calling it??
 10-16-2009, 06:57 AM         #14
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Let me get this straight? Now your allowed to take 4 steps?

Because I thought After you picked up your dribble you had 2 steps to shoot or pass, regardless?

I dont understand the rule change... can anybody explain..

I always thought you drove, you picked up your dribble, you got 2 steps, and then you shoot, or pass...
 8 years ago '04        #15
franchise 60 heat pts60
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^^^ ur understanding is technically legal now. it wasnt previously legal, just unenforced.
 8 years ago '04        #16
franchise 60 heat pts60
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not the 4 steps thing tho
 10-16-2009, 07:22 AM         #17
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 franchise said:
not the 4 steps thing tho
ok gotcha now...

so when your young your raised to take two steps for your layups, but in the NBA it was only 1 the whole time... LOL
 8 years ago '04        #18
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no. when you were raised, it was done with incorrect rules/fundamentals/unenforced nba more scoring style.

in all organized basketball (not just nba) it was 1.5 steps.

now you're gonna ask wtf is half a step. (you dont literally step half as far)

that half step is while you secure the ball, then you take the full step.
 8 years ago '04        #19
mt fuji 17 heat pts17
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 ronnie said:
So I guess the crab dribble is legit this coming season.
people will blame this on lebron but the league has been real slow to call traveling for years
 8 years ago '05        #20
trackmanxs 3 heat pts
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 franchise said:
no. when you were raised, it was done with incorrect rules/fundamentals/unenforced nba more scoring style.

in all organized basketball (not just nba) it was 1.5 steps.

now you're gonna ask wtf is half a step. (you dont literally step half as far)

that half step is while you secure the ball, then you take the full step.

i always thought it was 2 steps. that 1.5 makes sense but now you gonna see n*ggas taking 3 steps and blaming it on the new rule. n*ggas gonna be picking up the ball from just in front of the 3 point line.




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