how many people are tired of the criticism Harden gets for traveling

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how many people are tired of the criticism Harden gets for traveling

the game has changed and what Harden is doing now with his step back jump shot is not traveling according the rules. So, when is all this outrage on social media going to stop?


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The crying about Traveling is Laughable

The Euro step IS travelling if you want to get technical

So why pick on Harden

I remember Patrick Ewing taking 4 Steps going from behind the 3pt line to the rim in the dying seconds of a Playoff game

Jordan used to take tons of flak for Travelling

Basically when a player can't be stopped narratives grow like weeds trying to knock the guy down

Basically every one in the NBA travels if we go by the letter of the rule & the NBA decided LONG ago they are Not going by the letter of the Traveling rule -

So since EVeryone is playing by the same rules there is No reason to single out James Harden - the guy is hitting step back 25 ft Fade Away Jumpers like Butter & Haters act like b/c he took an extra step on his step back it makes that shot EZ - that shot is NOT easy in an Empty Gym! The man is a Beast - learn to appreciate him

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Eurostep is not traveling, is

Eurostep is not traveling, is just changing direction in your two steps.

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Same way I'm tired of Lebron

Same way I'm tired of Lebron getting criticism for flopping, sick of Ben Simmons will win ROTY again (even though Blake Griffin did the exact same thing) and the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead. Some people get their jollies from 'likes' on social media so while it is still a popular thing to do people won't stop. Just take it with a grain of salt.

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Preach

Preach

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Im tired of him travelling.

Im tired of him travelling. That three step/stepback is getting old. But to be fair everyone in the league does it hes just the highest usage player in the NBA so he became the scapegoat.

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Most of the times when he

Most of the times when he does it, it isn’t a travel. If his hand is over the top of the ball on the gather then he’s away scott free. However he has his hand on the side of the ball far too often.

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I personally could care less

I personally could care less about the advantage it draws the NBA players my problem is that the leagues rules are completely different from any league in the world aside from maybe AAU ball. You cant do any of tht three step stepback stuff even in Rec Ball Leagues. Cant even try that shit in organized YMCA ball.

I remember my first game in highschool trying to mock Kobe Bryant's jab step moves and getting called for travels both times I got the ball. I watched videos on this guy all summer then got called for two travels.

Thats really the problem. For the 500 people in the league and g league sure its fine, they changed the rules. But for the other 100 million people playing basketball its a travel. Which is ridiculous if you think about it. Really sucks that the NBA has become a novelty league.

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I completely agree I had the

I completely agree
I had the same issues in high school with stepbacks and jab steps
Some world-wide consistency in such complex rules would be useful

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I'm not!

He also pushes off a ton! He chicken wings and flops while the refs ignore it. He's a great offensive player but take the refs superstar treatment away and he's really not the MVP caliber player we've seen. It shows come playoff time! Given the choice I would take Klay Thompson and Devin Booker over him.

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I'm more concerned with the

I'm more concerned with the favourable 'fouls' he draws, just because a defenders sweat fell on him. I still hate the flops LeBron and Marcus Smart do. The travels - as long as the officiating is consistent, I don't mind so much. The problem I have with LeBron and Harden is that the officiating is NOT consistent most of the time. If you're defending them, you have to really be on your game. Not just because they're great offensive players, but also because the refs will bail them out constantly. This is a bigger problem than the step back travel.

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his traveling bugs me much

his traveling bugs me much less then him diving into defenders on his way to the rim. I mean the defender is supposed to be allowed to slide his feet and try to stay close but when harden gets even the slightest angle past his defender he drives himself into their body and flails his arms and the defender gets called far too often. Lots of nba players do this, but harden has made it an art and actually seems to make moves more based on drawing fouls then just beating his man and scoring.

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Has James Harden gotten away

Has James Harden gotten away with travel? Absolutely. He got away with a major travel (moved his pivot foot) vs the Pacers earlier this season during a crucial moment in the game. The travel vs the Jazz was also obvious. He got away with that one lol.

However, the truth is most fans do NOT understand the travel rule, especially when a player is in motion. The NBA allows a gather step or “zero” step that allows you to take one step before your official “1-2” step.

Harden understands the rule. He’s great at manipulating the ball (float dribble and hand on the side instead of under) and creative with his steps, jumpstops, etc. It’s hard to recognize when his official “1-2” step begins sometimes.

I don’t like him, but the dude is a genius. When you take that & add it with the way he knows how to draw fouls (there are rules in place when the refs *have* to blow the whistle) he’s unguardable tbh. He’s exploiting the hell out of the rules.

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What Ive never understood is

What Ive never understood is why do they allow players to push off their planted foot/feet only if the player has dribbled but they still call big men all the time for travels on the first dribble? Andrea Bargnani was the worst for this, he would plant his left foot and jab step with his right foot 20 different directions then anytime he put the ball on the floor he would lift his left foot before dribbling and get called on the travel. Same move they let Kobe, TMac, Vince make a living off. It just doesnt make sense and its confusing to me.

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No one can guard him. Period.

No one can guard him. Period.

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This is the honest truth.

This is the honest truth.

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Yeah the traveling bit

Yeah the traveling bit doesn't bother me (besides the double stepback, that was gross). What gets me like a bunch of other people have been saying is the fouls he draws. I've seen a lot of people say that you should be mad at the refs and not him for it, or that he's just taking advantage of the rules (sometimes yes, sometimes no) but it's the fact that he doesn't need to do it that annoys me. Like he's such an amazing offensive player, he could quit flopping and hooking arms on drives and still average 30 but he does it anyway because it works. I just wish the refs would quit giving him those calls

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The NBA needs its star.

It's just that simple. It makes them look good. Favorable calls bloat the numbers.

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I must admit I don't watch

I must admit I don't watch much basketball anymore, but after that blatant step back travel non-call debacle, I've watched and studied tons of his highlights. He doesn't travel all the time on his stepbacks. But sometimes he does. It doesn't bother me. The man is an absolute offensive savant. Really only has a handful of dribble moves, but his timing is so good, he can not be stopped.

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