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NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 5:45 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver lebron-james-travel

Sorry, LeBron James. You melted down in the clutch during an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, and you broke the rules while doing it.

The NBA announced on Thursday -- using @NBAOfficial, a new Twitter account dedicated to clarifying controversial refereeing decisions -- that James violated the league's traveling rules on a key late-game play.

"Yes, LeBron should have been called for traveling on this play last night," the NBA's statement read.

The play in question occurred during the final 10 seconds of regulation with the Heat looking to draw even with the Clippers. James drove to his left past Clippers forward Caron Butler, appeared to execute a jump stop, and then spun into a turnaround jump shot, which was interrupted by a bump from Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan was whistled for a foul on the play.

HardwoodParoxysm.com studied the tape and noted that James did not properly execute the jump shot because he did not land with both feet simultaneously and that he slid his pivot foot as he moved to attempt the shot.

The traveling infraction, which was not called by the refereeing crew of Ron Garretson, Eric Dalen and Derek Richardson, occurred prior to Jordan's foul of James, which sent the Heat's All-Star forward to the free-throw line, which eventually led to overtime.

Despite some obvious frustration at the officiating, all was well that ended well for Los Angeles. The Clippers went on to defeat the Heat, 95-89, in overtime.

James finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 6 turnovers on 7-for-19 shooting. James missed eight free throws on the night, including three in the final 1:21 of regulation.

Here's video of the play in which the NBA publicly admitted that LeBron James traveled, courtesy of HardwoodParoxysm.com.

Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:27 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

LOL! I love the head band though. Guess it covers the receeding hairline. Kinda like guys getting arm sleeve tats to hise stubby fat arms.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:04 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Pivot yes, take steps NO. Count the steps ALL take to driving the basket and it's all traveling. All show, NOT the rules. This is NOT basketball as it was meant to be! It's now a circus act.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:52 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Traveling is ONE step



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:49 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Refs have not called traveling for decades, it's not even basketball anymore.



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:35 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

I haven't watched any Heat games yet this year, so I have a question.  Does Spo actually put in plays on offense this season?  I read that last year he told the players that if they played his defense, they could do whatever they wanted on offense.  Sounds kind of pathetic but I think its true!






Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:50 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Wow. Can they get off his nuts for a day? How about going after Chris Bosh for shooting like crap? Spoelstra for probably leading all coaches in 4th quarter collapses dating back before LeBron put on a Heat uniform?



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:49 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

LOL, this is news?

It's the bitter beer face again! 


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Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:22 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Ok, the refs blew the call on LBJ travel.  But F#$%, what about the goal tending on D. Jordan against Bosh?  What about Chris Paul tripping LBJ while going to the lane at the end of the 4th?  That was just terrible officiating, so let LBJ breathe a little. 



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:22 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Ok, the refs blew the call on LBJ travel.  But F#$%, what about the goal tending on D. Jordan against Bosh?  What about Chris Paul tripping LBJ while going to the lane at the end of the 4th?  That was just terrible officiating, so let LBJ breathe a little. 



Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:41 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Pretty shocking that Lebron didnt get called for traveling...he travels all the time...go to you tube and type in lebron james travels...theres a clip of him literally taking 7, YES 7 steps without a travel call....i guess when your game is basically running over people thru the lane, you must not think u have to remember the basic fundamental of basketball...dribbling!!


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