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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 12, 2012 7:57 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

"Melted Down in Clutch" Nothing new.



Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:46 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

LeBron James is among the worst of the frequent travel offenders. They need to start making that call against him to force him how to play the game right. I watch every Laker game and Bynum gets called for traveling every time that he shuffles his feet. Kobe gets his share of calls too. LeBron is an NBA creation. They need to start calling him for traveling and charging on a consistent basis and his stats will drop significantly. LeBron the "Queen" James will be lucky to ever get a ring. He also needs to learn how to take responsibility when he and his team blow a game. He said about the loss to the Clippers last night that he felt good about the way his team played, but they just weren't able to come away with the win. 



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:36 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

No fan of traveling as it happens too often in the league but I think your wrong about the double travel.  As he's receiving the ball he leaves his feet.  Unless you do instant replay on every NBA play there is no way a Ref is going to be able to make the determination if he had possession of the ball before he shuffled his feet....or if he received the pass afterwards.  Either way, it's a good no call.  This isn't the NFL and a travel that has zero implications like that is much different than the later



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:19 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Actually, he travelled twice.  The first travel occurred when he caught the ball...had one foot grounded then left his feet.  Second travel is ridiculous. 


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:14 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:03 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Nothing new.  Watch just about every center going across the lane before putting up the jump hook.  They all travel. Dwight Howard is especially bad, but not as bad as Patrick Ewing who made the travel an art form.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:00 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Happens every night - though it's missed more often for some players than for others.  How many bad fouls get called?  And how many fouls get missed?  I wouldn't be surprised if the referee error rate was in the 50% range or more, so a missed call here or there is easily forgiven.  No doubt though, star power gets the benefit of most calls, and this has been consistant throughout the history of the NBA, even more so during the Stern era. 

Though the stars get away with a lot it seems that's what the league wants.  I'm not so certain the fans truly want games called in the NBA like they are in the NCAA. 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:59 pm
 

NBA: Referees blew LeBron James travel no-call

Lebron travles more than anyone in the NBA, and it rarely ever gets called. Again, NBA  refs are by far the worst in all of sports.. although the nFL is catching up with all the sissy personal foul calls everytime a QB not named Roethlisberger gets touched.


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Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:58 pm
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