LeBron James’ trademark move is…the TRAVEL!…err…the CRAB DRIBBLE!

6 Jan

...and crying, of course. And charging.

It happened.  LeBron was finally called for a frame-by-frame recreation of The Travel.  And against the poor Washington Wizards of all teams – LeBron’s original victims.  Amazing.  The NBA’s officiating is in such a sorry state that it is nearly impossible for anyone to believe that LeBron could actually be whistled for traveling, even when it is the most painfully obvious example of traveling possible (I’ll get to that later).  So unbelievable that when he is called out, it becomes a major media event.  Check out Caron Butler’s reaction after the game: It’s a travel. It was the exact same move two years ago in the playoffs. I definitely knew he traveled, but I didn’t think they were gonna call it…But that was one of them situations in which a great player made a move, good officiation, and they called the call. And I was just like, ‘Aw, man. There is a God. There is a God.’

That a professional basketball player could have such an extreme reaction to this whole crab dribble travel call episode really says it all.  Caron Butler evidently feels that it requires some kind of divine intervention in order for LeBron to be correctly charged with a traveling violation. Or, at the very least, that such a call constitutes proof of the existence of GOD.

Of course, this was a meaningless game, and a pretty safe game for the refs to have grown a conscience.  LeBron has been pulling this shit in the playoffs for years.  If a playoff game is close in the fourth quarter, the crab is guaranteed to make an appearance or two.  Or twelve.  I bet that won’t change this year or ever.

Anyway, back to the story…as with most King James fiascos, LeBron’s obnoxious reaction is more than half the fun.  How pathetic is it that LeBron has the nerve to 1. complain to the refs about such a valid call (including a re-enactment to the ref during the game – where was the tech!?), 2. claim that even after he had seen the tape in the locker room that it was still not a travel and then 3. be so bold as to go in front of the media and bitch about it knowing full well that he has won entire playoffs series on no-calls from the same move.   Answer: it is quite pathetic.  And he kept bitching about it the day after the game, after having the benefit of watching it replayed on sportscenter 600 times:

On Sunday, James said it was a “bad call” and that “they need to look at it and they need to understand that’s not a travel.”   In giving his take on what happened, James said: “I watched it again, and I took a ‘crab dribble,’ which is a hesitation dribble, and then two steps.”

Ugh.  LeBron must honestly believe that he can do no wrong.

Unfortunately, apart from racking up a meaningless loss against a non-contender, LeBron came away from this episode completely unscathed, as usual – he wasn’t given a tech for complaining directly to the ref (Oh, I’m sorry – explaining to the ref) and he wasn’t fined for repeatedly and directly criticizing the officiating after the game (are they going to return Eddie Jordan’s $25K for complaining about a no-call on the very same move back in 2006?).

One more item of note – the valiant Mr. Potato Head made a point to get thrown out of the game arguing a charging foul called on LeBron (LeBron’s other signature move).  He couldn’t just sit by and watch LeBron being so blatantly subjected to the rules of basketball for an entire game.  The officiating was just so terribly fair that night, apparently.

Because Mr. Potato Head and many reporters are apparently retarded and because LeBron apparently has some psychological condition that prevents him from viewing rapidly moving images on a television screen and processing them properly in his LeBrain, let’s break this shit down, frame-by-frame, by using youtube and the offical NBA rulebook.  And Jalen Rose.

First, the rule:

Section XIV-Traveling
a. A player who receives the ball while standing still may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
b. A player who receives the ball while he is progressing or upon completion of a dribble, may use a two-count rhythm in coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball.
The first count occurs:
(1) As he receives the ball, if either foot is touching the floor at the time he receives it.
(2) As the foot touches the floor, or as both feet touch the floor simultaneously after he receives the ball, if both feet are off the floor when he receives it.
The second occurs:
(1) After the count of one when either foot touches the floor, or both feet touch the floor simultaneously.
c. A player who comes to a stop on the count of one may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
d. A player who comes to a stop on the count of two, with one foot in advance of the other, may pivot using only the rear foot as the pivot foot.
e. A player who comes to a stop on the count of two, with neither foot in advance of the other, may use either foot as the pivot foot.
f. In starting a dribble after (1) receiving the ball while standing still, or (2) coming to a legal stop, the ball must be out of the player’s hand before the pivot foot is raised off the floor.
g. If a player, with the ball in his possession, raises his pivot foot off the floor, he must pass or shoot before his pivot foot returns to the floor. If he drops the ball while in the air, he may not be the first to touch the ball.
h. A player who falls to the floor while holding the ball, or while coming to a stop, may not gain an advantage by sliding.
i. A player who attempts a field goal may not be the first to touch the ball if it fails to touch the backboard, basket ring or another player.
PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team at the sideline, nearest spot of the violation but no nearer the baseline than the foul line extended.

Okay – so the NBA rulebook isn’t as crystal-clear as it could be.  However, after much difficulty, it is possible to translate this strangely-worded crap and come away with the fact that you get TWO STEPS after picking up your dribble in most situations.  I think.  Anyway – let’s assume two.  It’s certainly not more than two, in any situation, obviously.

On to the visual evidence and Jalen Rose (hope they don’t pull this video down):

Wow – I think that may have actually been five steps.

Also, the feud kinda lives.  Injured DeShawn Steven was apparently taunting from the sidelines in a ridiculous purple velvet suit and bowtie.  I would have loved to have heard what kind of vicious trash talk DeShawn Stevenson was dishing out immediately following that travel call.  Of course, LeBron refused to participate in the back-and-forth because he is above all that.  And because he couldn’t say a damn thing.

Suck. It. LeBron.

Suck. It. LeBron.

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33 Responses to “LeBron James’ trademark move is…the TRAVEL!…err…the CRAB DRIBBLE!”

  1. verbatim January 7, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    thank you very much for this post.

  2. Jmak January 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    29-6 baby!

  3. Drekincickern January 13, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    I think you are thinking like sukrat, but I think you should cover the other side of the topic in the post too…

  4. kurt March 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    this is so funny because lebron only took 2 steps dumb asses are just jealous

  5. kurt March 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    the step in witch hes already half way through it and just then picking up his dribble does not count as a step

  6. bernardgwatkins March 6, 2009 at 1:36 am #

    You assholes can’t count for shit. Whenever you decide he picks up his dribble, it’s a clear travel. Take a full step away, it’s still a travel. Take 1 and 1/2 steps away, it’s still a travel.

    You guys are a bunch of retard homers.

  7. Rob March 6, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    haha yes clearly bernardgwatkin is blind. Grabs his dribble, places his RIGHT leg forward as to establish his stopped position and then proceeds with the LEFT leg and pushes off with the RIGHT leg. One and TWO steps… in the rule books… NOT a travel. When a player has motioned towards the basket in the act of shooting he has two steps from his stopped position whether he stop both feet side by side or one infront of the other! maybe if he was less athletic he woulda just stopped with his feet side by side… yup that makes sense when attacking the basket for sure.

  8. Beanie 2 the Browns March 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    dude you have no life

  9. corey March 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    forget every body who thinks lebron james(MVP)is a cry baby you can suck lebron and clevelands cock.

  10. MagicManofOHIO March 29, 2009 at 6:08 am #

    To the guy who runs this site…
    Up until the today, I really didn’t care much for LeBron James. Whether it was because he beat my current High School back in 2003, in the OHSAA State Championship Game,(no I wasnt a student at the time) or because of all those things he does to show off, I may never know. But now, now I think highly of Mr. James. Following the D-II state championship game at Value City Arena, the King did something of great class. The picture I have posted is of LeBron and Juwan Staten, who is currently the best Junior in the Dayton, Ohio area. Staten, who plays for Thurgood Marshall, the team that lost to Akron St. Vincents St. Mary’s (LBJ’s Alma Mater), was called over by the King himself, and comforted and commended on a what a great job he did….like I said, if that isn”t class, I dont know what is.

    http://photos.ohiohssports.com/photogallery/7de9ebcb8dd870baef659a673bbe9259.jpg

    so dude, grow some balls and learn how to respect the best, before you try to undermine them!

  11. LOL April 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    LOL at whoever owns this. Must suck to have someone ruin your life on a daily basis.

  12. Ispeakthetruth April 9, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Worst fan-bases in the league:

    1: Lakers
    2: Wizards

    3: Everybody else

  13. Sankalp Kota April 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    @LOL
    ur prolly crinnging at how true this post is…even if urteam full of cheaters led by King Crab Dribble makes it far into the playoffs…millions wouldstill believe that it was fixed

  14. Sung April 21, 2009 at 1:01 am #

    @Rob

    Dude, in the rule books it clearly states that the first step is counted AS the player grabs the ball…so that first right step is the 1 step in the 2 step count. Now, the refs and the league is talking about how they’re gonna change the rule to allow for 3 steps…geez, wonder why??

  15. sung April 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    @Rob

    that right foot where he “establishes his stopped position” counts as the first step. “b. A player who receives the ball while he is progressing or upon completion of a dribble, may use a two-count rhythm in coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball.
    The first count occurs:
    (1) As he receives the ball, if either foot is touching the floor at the time he receives it.
    (2) As the foot touches the floor, or as both feet touch the floor simultane- ously after he receives the ball, if both feet are off the floor when he receives it.”

  16. Ted J April 23, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Can’t wait to see yet another commercial starring LeBron James. Thank you for this website. I don’t know whether to blame LeBron himself though or the media/sponsors for attempting to make him appear “cool”. His commercials are never funny and always dopey, although he might think differently. In this day and age of instant gratification and a “I want it now!” attitude, it comes as no surprise that James has already been crowned “the chosen one” or “the king”. Last time I checked Michael Jordan, six rings, a multitude of accolades, was and still is the greatest of all time with Kobe Bryant the heir apparent if he should win a few more NBA championships along with some well earned individual honors. I say let LeBron be LeBron, if he can kick ass over a lenghty period of time at the individual level and rack up a few NBA titles along the way, then let the King reign. If he falters though and never wins an NBA championship that so far has eluded him, then it will without a doubt be the biggest bust, disappointment in sports history since the media and his sponosors have literally claimed LeBron as Jesus Christ in a basketball uniform.

  17. AmandaHugN'Kiss April 27, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    I was at the last 2 games at the Palace, so I was able to witness lovely dramatic actions of this show-boating douche-nozzle faking impossible foul injuries (eye falling out,paralyzation, etc), arguing with the refs, stealing the ball from his confused teammates, hogging the ball like he is in 6th grade gym, body bumping with “Scraggle-fro” and “Penitentiary-tats”, dancing after making the simplest of shots, roid-raging (you know what I am talking about), making “I’m gonna kick your ass” fist-in-palm gestures to opponents and just being the WORST kind of “star player” and “MVP” (which his fans chant non-stop as they reek of cheap beer & the Armpit of America, aka Ohio) the Cavs and the NBA ever created. It’s all of the organization and the fans fault that he just plain sucks. Living as a member of his family or “friend” must be AWESOME. I would chuck myself out of a moving car, if he was driving.

    Blog writer – thanks for hating him. ditto.

  18. jmak April 28, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    @AmandaHugN’Kiss

    Ya and D-wade, Jordan, Bird, Magic, Shaq all just plain suck to. (not really I just dont like them so they suck)

    So why does LBJ show boat? Because he can.
    Why did MJ show-boat? Because he could.
    Why does Kobe Show-boat? Because he can.

    So you do like Cleveland then right? I didn’t hear/see many pistons fans at the last 2 games 😉

  19. Sankalp Kota May 5, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    Rasheed Wallace said after the 2007 Eastern Conference Playoffs Final that they(the NBA) wanted the cavaliers to win. Anyone who’s not blinded by the media bullshit or deafened by the sycophantic announcers can realize that it is probably the most sensible, if not the only, thing Rasheed has ever said. Now after years of David Stern pretty much skewing the playoffs with his referee goons, Lebron has crab dribbled his way to one of the most prestigious awards in basketball, the season MVP award. Nice going NBA…

  20. james4life.. August 20, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    you…boomboclat…i love lebron james…u just jealous with his nice moves..u aint nothing…what do u know neggas,,,shut d` fuck up…

  21. mitch August 23, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    he knows uou did not finish high school with your lack of grammar skills
    and that you used the term boomboclat which pretty much makes you seem like a homo

  22. U Guys Are Fucked U dont know nothing at all September 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    u guys dont know shiit lebron took 3 steps but it doennt matter Hes still the Best Player in the nba The person who posted this is a Fucking Retard i wish i could smash him right now man hes fucking gay in real i bet he doent know what basketabll is he is probly watching soccer and things is b ball i wish i could smash him fuck doesnt know hes probaly shit at ball

  23. mitch September 16, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    but he took 3 steps….= a travel. clearly you dont know shit

  24. mamopo360 September 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    lebron is a piece of shit. there are two types of nba fans out there right now, those who know… and those who bandwagon. lebron is good, no doubt about it. he slices the lane like noone. he is built like a brick shithouse. (thanks dad) but there is one thing, one thing you posers fail to see. lebron has nothing. “cleveland won’t build a team around him”. that is total bullshit. An amazing player heightens the talent around himself to a championship level. obviously, that hasn’t happened. so whats the excuse. the excuse is this… he’s a sellout that cant get the money off his mind. there will never be enough money in this queers pocket to satisfy him. he will get a ring eventually, but to the masses that know…jordan rules

  25. CCAROLINAA March 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    haterrr.!

  26. mamopo360 March 14, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    brilliant observation

  27. KevinDurantFTW! April 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    Lebron (i didn’t capitalize the b on purpose, cuz that’s fucking stupid) is the biggest bitch in the NBA or at least a close second to Tim Duncan. He’s an egotistical, arrogant asshole that has heard about how good he is since highschool, so he thinks the world revolves around him. He’s not going to win a ring, unless he joins another superstar’s team in free agency, and is probably the only player who can be such a sore loser, disrespect the other team, skip his media sessions, and later complain about the officiating, all while getting his dick sucked by David Stern, because he’s “the chosen one” or whatever they’re calling him these days. By the way, that’s an obvious travel. He picked up the ball with his left foot on the ground, then right foot, left foot, right foot, layup. Just another reason why he is a piece of shit.

  28. Steve Johnson May 6, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    LeBrick is good BUT he lacks ALL the ingredients to be the next Michael Jordan, also a lot of myths and hype surrounds his game that should be debunked, with those it makes him seemingly “untouchable”. Marketing really helps, consider the following:

    IMMATURE – Pre-game Dancing on the sidelines , poses on camera and do his “powder throwing ceremony every game.

    CHILDISH – he still bites his nails.

    BRAT – publicly announces that he hates Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics, “We hate them” – LBJ

    EGOTISTIC – Always mistaken as confidence but to say that ” He will be the Best Player Ever to play the Game” and “He can Win the scoring title Every Single Year if He WANTS to”. is not just being confident but bordering into being an Arrogant ASShole.

    FLIPPANT – He publicly said that He will join the Slam Dunk Contest, and the All Star is finished and We did not see any James participated in the dunk contest.

    WRONG PRIORITIES – he said he “didn’t want to play for the US team” this summer because he already has a scheduled appointment, and I was surprised it was a movie guesting,. You were known to be a basketball player and not a movie star and to deny the opportunity to play for your flag in exchange for a movie appearance is utterly bullshit. It’s good to have other sidelines but place importance on your “Call of duty”

    EXCUSE ARTIST – He Fakes his injury and blames it for their loss to the Celtics in Game 2 by pretending to be Hurt, Also showing the media that you Can shoot free throws with your left hand, and after he did not make it, He gives a subtle hint that its because of his injury but in fact he is just doing some “ego boosting” by unnecessarily trying to shoot with his left.

    LACK of GAME FINESSE – Lebron likes to Shout when he dunks or blocks somebody. He also plays like a man possessed bullying his way on the opposition. He plays with power but he moves like a raging truck lacking finesse, he thinks his dunk is spectacular but its always the same “forced power dunks” ….consider Vince Carter, he jumps higher and dunks with more power than Lebron but he does it gracefully but did not loose thedominance, he calculates his move rather than force it every time. Whenever LBJ moves his body language seems to say “Get out of the way or Ill bulldoze you” rather than slithering over the defenses.

    Jordan was graceful and Dwayne Wade is very entertaining and like a Silent Assassin, He never says a word, but he is punishing and killing you silently with his quick jumpers, killer crossovers, poster dunks, etc. You never new what hit you because they does it with such finesse and yet they dominates. Lebron should play football quarterback instead of basketball.

    ALL HYPE – When ever Cleveland wins he always gets the credit not realizing that the CAVS is filled with very talented role player, -> Mo Williams is very talented and a deadshot at 3 pointers, always plays as decoy, SHAQ is still an inside force, remember he was not there when the MAGIC and Dwight Howard manhandled them as if LeBrick has run into a brick wall, also when they were swept 4-0 by the aging Spurs, there was no Shaq then. Now with Hickson, Ilgauskus, Moon and the addition of Jamison completes the All star line-up.So don’t always give props for James. his teammates are all talented.

    REPUTATION WHORE – I don’t know if its Nike or James who ordered all tapes to be confiscated when he was dunked by Jordan Crawford, I’ve seen the dunk and it was not that nasty, but why keep it?, why are you so afraid to see yourself to be dunked upon. Even MJ was blocked and dunked past several times in his career but nobody ordered to hide it, whoever it is, somebody is so concerned about James HYPE and reputation, and they only want their boy dunking on somebody but not dunked upon.

    Finally James should first win a championship before even considering him “One of the Best”. With that ALL Star cast there should be no excuse this time. Jordan has 6, Kobe has 4, D-Wade has 1. They are considered the best because they have proven themselves. Now is the best time with Shaq on the line-up unless you get ACED up by the Celtics or again ran into the Brick Wall named Dwight Howard, thus the “LeBrick, LeChoke, LeHype, LeBitch, LeSuck Saga and whatever it is conitnues……………..

    – Reuters –

  29. Anisha July 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    I just don’t UNDERSTAND I love Comic Sans!

  30. Brian Thompson July 13, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    LEBRON JAMES IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF SHIT ON THE PLANET. HE’S AN ARROGANT SELF INVOLVED SACK OF HUMAN GARBAGE, WHO ASPIRES TO BE AN UNCLE TOM. HIS APPARENT LOVER, JESSE JACKSON, SAYS LEBRON LIKES TO BOTH PITCH AND CATCH, AND BOTH ARE WORTHY JANITORS, GARBAGEMEN, OR DITCH DIGGERS. SO HATS OFF TO LBJ (“LOVES BLOWING JESSE”)…SMOOTH MOVE WITH THAT WONDERFULLY PRODUCED PROGRAM. I BELIEVE THE LEAD IN WAS GAY PORNO, AND THE SPONSORS WERE MAXI-PADS, “KY FOR GAYS” LUBRICANT, AND AUNT JEMIMAS MAPLE SYRUP. LEBRON U WILL NEVER BE MICHAEL JORDAN….U CAN KEEP UR NOSE UP HIS ASS WHILE U EAT DINNER WITH MICHAEL AND PAT RILEY, BUT IN THE END UR JUST LEFT WITH A BROWN NOSE, WHICH IS “COMFORTABLE” FOR U SINCE THAT’S HOW YOU’VE LIVED YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. HERE’S HOPING U HAVE A CAREER ENDING INJURY, OR CATCH AIDS. U ARE A CLASSLESS PIECE OF TRASH AND I HOPE U GET CAUGHT BY SAVANNAH, HAVING ONE OF THOSE “ALLEGED” AFFAIRS SO MANY OF US KNOW ABOUT. WHAT A “ROLE MODEL” U ARE TO YOUR KIDS, U PIECE OF SHIT. HAVE FUN SUCKING OFF DWAYNE WADE…U CAN’T WIN WITHOUT HIM U TOTAL LOSER! U BIG NOSED FUCKING APE…ARE WORLDWIDE WES, U AND MAVERICK STILL (“ALLEGEDLY”) ENGAGING IN HOMO-EROTIC ACTIVITIES? U KNOW WHERE U PLAY HIDE THE “3 INCHER” IN BETWEEN UR LEGS AND DANCE LIKE A LITTLE GIRL, WHILE MAVERICK POWDERS YOUR BOTTOM AND WES LICKS U CLEAN. GOOD LUCK IN SOUTH BEACH HOMO…I CURSE U TO A LIFETIME OF DISAPPOINTMENTS AND MANY HORRIBLE INJURIES. I CURSE U TO NEVER WIN AN NBA TITLE…U CAN FINISH UR CAREER AS A FOOTNOTE…U CAN BE THE NEXT “BABY JORDAN”!

  31. salamande July 13, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Great post keep up the good work

    Salamande
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  32. oldtimer October 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    haven’t followed basketball for some years now. i come back and watch some videos of lebron james and notice he travels a lot, bot never gets called for it. have the refs gone blind? this is ridiculous…

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