Originally Posted by Toizumi
Like when NBA players catch the ball and take two/three steps before dribbling? In European leagues, especially minor leagues, you get called for a travel, even when you do that in your own backcourt. I've been watching NBA for a long time and don't b*tch about it, but if you go by the rules, there's a lot of traveling.
It only bothers me in highlights, for instance, when player X makes a "fantastic move" to the basket, but takes 3/4 steps without a call, and then get's praised. Most of the time it's just funny to see what they can get away with. Lots of ISO players tend to jabstep with one foot and then explode of the other, just before their dribble hits the ground. Technically it's a travel, but it's hardly ever called.
Even though it's simple, the gather dribble is hard to explain, unless a person is good at dribbling, and by that I don't mean And 1 kind of dribbling. It's just really hard to explain in a way that a person can understand. You need to be a person that's well balanced and can move with the ball as if you didn't even have it.
Basically if you're going to do a right handed layup, you first dribble with your right hand as you step with your left foot, and then you take the two steps. That dribble is the gather dribble. Sometimes the ball might hit the floor slightly early, but the player is still doing the step before the ball comes back to his hand. And that's where a lot of fans get confused. And it's still under three steps.
The reality is that most people can't actually do that simple layup that described in the flow of a game, especially with their off hand, because their dribbling, fundamentals are kind of raw, so they have really no understanding of how it feels like to be balanced in a sense.