The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
Yea, that's just putting into writing what has been in practice as long as I have followed the NBA, giving rise to comments while watching HS or NCAA bball "hey, ref, this isn't the NBA" when a guy takes some extra steps and the call isn't made.
It is no coincidence that the "two steps" in the NBA took off when teams started playing defense in the 1990's. It is an evolution of the game like the baseball strike zone, which doesn't resemble the rulebook in any capacity. As an aside, here is the official wording of the strike zone in baseball
When was the last time an umpire called a strike at the letters? Every sport has its rules that are "ignored". Basketball is simply admitting it.The STRIKE ZONE is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a
horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, and the lower level is a line at the hollow beneath the kneecap. The Strike Zone shall be determined from the batter’s stance as the batter is prepared to swing at a pitched ball.
Variatio delectat - Cicero
The players over the past few decades have acted as though traveling was allowed but defense was illegal.
I should actually keep my mouth shut because I haven't watched an NBA game in probably a dozen years...
Clyde doesn't like it either
"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.
NBA basketball is absolutely horrible. It isn't even real basketball. If you want to watch ridiculous athletes play one on one it's fine, but it's not basketball. I guess this play is officially allowed now, instead of being unofficially allowed.
I think they should just outlaw dribbling altogether. Give them three or four steps before they have to dispose of the ball. It's the natural evolution of the game. :ughmamoru
I haven't watched a whole NBA game in decades. Every time I catch a game on TV when there's nothing else on, I have to hurl sometime within the first two or three minutes.
"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra
It was there in the late 60's. Selectively enforced though. The superstars got 2 steps, everyone else got 1 1/2 steps and the 1/2 step was a maybe. RHIP.
One thing I've noticed about baseball while watching older games on MLB Network, the checked swing strike used to be called on intent, not if the bat went over the plate. It used to be if a guy tried to check his swing, it was a ball. First few times I saw it, I yelled at the TV "ump, he went around!" (which is really silly when you consider the game happened 40+ years ago and 1/2 of the guys in it are dead).
And I like the NBA. The game has changed, so what? College will adopt this 2 step rule within 5 years. They allow it to an extent now.