All The Rules That Don’t Apply To LeBron James In This Play Is Everything That Is Wrong With The NBA
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So I think we all knew even when the Celtics were up by 16 that we weren’t gonna win this game tonight. We gave it our best shot, and it was fun to watch. But this is the NBA and the team with the superstars is gonna win. That’s just how it works. But I just wanna take a moment to point out everything that is wrong with the NBA in one play.
Ummmm this is a blatant double dribble or travel or something illegal by LeBron pic.twitter.com/YnDgk3OfA8
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 24, 2017
On second look, it wasn’t a travel. He takes two steps and dunks it. But it is 1,000% both a 1) double dribble, and 2) 5 second violation.
“A five-second closely guarded violation may be called against an offensive player with the ball when that player is guarded closely for five seconds or more and does not pass, shoot, or dribble within that time.”
Here’s when LeBron got the ball, and was “closely guarded” by Jaylon Brown:
Notice the clock in the bottom right hand corner says 2 seconds. Here he is 6 seconds later:
Here he is 7 seconds later:
In 7 seconds he has not shot, passed, or dribbled. Easiest five second violation ever. But then again it’s the NBA, it’s LeBron James, and he’s home in the playoffs. Rules don’t apply to him.
It’s also clearly a double dribble. Here he is dribbling after holding onto the ball for 7 full seconds:
Here he is picking up his dribble (and Brown does NOT touch the ball)
And here he is dribbling again, because…..fuck it.
Don’t get me wrong, this play had nothing to do with why we lost this game. They’re just better. It’s just an example of why it’s so hard to get too invested in this particular brand of sportball.
The good news is, that even though we’re gonna lose this series 4-1, we’ll always have this:
Ya know who’s never missed a wide open go-ahead dunk in the Eastern Conference Finals? Everyone who’s ever played in the Eastern Conference Finals ever. Except LeBron.
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