NBA referees’ union says Bradley Beal actually didn’t travel (video)

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Bradley Beal got away with a ridiculously comical travel in the Wizards’ loss to the Pistons last night.

Or did officials actually make the correct non-call?

National Basketball Referees Association:

These tweets have been widely mocked, and I get it. This looks ridiculous. Even Beal finds it funny:

But I know enough to know I don’t fully understand NBA travelling rules. They are far more complex than most people realize. This might not be a travel.

That said, if this isn’t travelling, it seems like a problem with the rules. Based on how nearly all reasonable people want the game officiated, this should be travelling.

If this is actually allowed, crafty players – looking at you, James Harden – will develop moves that involve fumbling to gain an extra step.