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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. 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


Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:15 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

You realize this was aginast the Clippers, not the Kings right? And that LA is not a small market team?

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:54 am

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Wow guys calm down. I dislike Lebron as much as the next guy, but it's not possible for the refs to see everything. When I saw it, I thought it was a travel, but I wasn't sure. I'd say in late parts of the game, the refs are less likely to blow the whistle.

And in response to below, no, up and unders are not travels. Also you can pivot your foot to face another way without it being a travel as long as it doesnt slide.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:40 am

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

The Refs are blowing a lot of calls lately! The NBA needs to take a closer look at the refs this season. They are somewhere else, and they are sad to watch, missing calls or blowing calls,making calls that didn't happen. I was watching the Magic game and the warriors fouled the magic many times where the refs did not call, and called fouls on the Magic that did not exsit. Same in Chicago and others. I know everyone is in the same boat as far as back to backs, but that's no excuse. if the NBA wants games like this they still have to make the calls right, not halfass. NBA needs to talk to the Refs they are totaly wrong this year!! they really stink up the parkey!!

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:42 am

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

I noticed it that night when they called traveling on Bosh. However, it looked like every day business to me. Isn't it physically impossible to have your back to the basket and then to turn and be face up to the basket without taking a dribble or moving your pivot foot?

So those up and under moves I see all the time are pretty much illegal right?

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:27 am

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

A travel no call in the NBA??? Really??? There are 73 of those in every game, every night! Is there a point to this story??

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:09 am

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

The only news here is that the NBA has finally admitted this. LeBron gets away with traveling all the time. He's an amazing basketball player, but it's a fact that he gets away with a lot when he drives to the hoop as far as traveling (and charges) go.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:50 am

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

This is the definition of micro management.. Does anyone think the outcomes of games are not predetermined....

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:39 pm

Same ol' same ol'....

What!?! Like special treatment is a SURPRISE ???  It took about three weeks for the CORRUPT OFFICIATING to rear it's ugly head all over again.  Stern is laughing himself wet, the officials have already cashed their checks, and the small market teams (even tho this was technically LA) should get used to it again as soon as possible. The sooner you get used to being made the big man's B****h in NBA prison, the sooner you'll be able to accept your just going to get screwed again, and again, and again. Kings fans should prepare now to see LBJ, DWade, Rose, and the other few "elites" be granted a standard 7 step layup, 3 step pivot foot, offensive foul free pass up to and including decapitation of a King's player, and fouls called on Sac Town players standing as far away as 12 feet from the so-called superstars. BANK IT. I said it during the lockout, and it's coming true already.

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:13 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

I counted 7 steps, and the KING would have exploded if he would have singled out for the violation. 

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:33 pm

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Maybe LBJ has another term for this type of traveling ala his "crab dribble" he tried to claim was legal years ago. Reality is that the heat whine and complain about the officiating more than any team in the nba, it is simply pathetic. Lebron especially always has an Ainge-like expression after a play he doesn't like, incredulous that a ref would have the temerity to make a call against him. But, officiating is so inconsistent and star-favored in the NBA I suppose it makes sense he would expect to get every call.

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