No matter how good you are at basketball, there will be a short stretch you will always want to forget. Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry knows all about that. Now Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal understands.
Midway through the fourth quarter Monday night, with the Wizards getting thumped by the Detroit Pistons, Beal decided to give attack mode a completely new meaning. Instead of driving left and finishing at the rim to cut the deficit, the 6-foot-5 Beal elected to not only travel, but he also almost threw the ball out of bounds.
Simply put, BRADLEY BEAL TOOK FIVE LEGITIMATE STEPS IN A NBA GAME AND DIDN’T GET CALLED FOR TRAVELING. It’s as amazing as it sounds.
There was no way Wayne Ellington was going to stay in front of Beal. Not with the way he’s been scoring the basketball with fellow All-Star guard John Wall injured and out for the rest of the season. Getting by him was no problem.
Then, Blake Griffin stepped into the picture. Although he is Detroit’s best player by a few miles, there’s no way he can be so intimidating to possess Beal to commit a blatant travel for the ages.
“They really don’t call traveling in the NBA,” Michael Lee tweeted. “Bradley Beal basically walked to Flint, then skipped to Ann Arbor [and] the refers were like, ‘Keep it moving.’ Blake Griffin’s face, though.”
What’s crazy is Beal was looking at the rim the entire time, probably realized he traveled, and then somehow made the decision to nearly toss it into the Little Caesars Arena crowd instead of going for the reverse layup.
This was obviously just a dunce moment. Beal scored a team-high 32 points, snatched six rebounds, dished out 10 assists and only committed one turnover in the 121-112 loss. However, even with a such a big game on the road, everyone is going back to that travel.
But was it actually a travel?
It looks like a clear travel, right?
“The offensive player gathers with his right foot on the ground. He then takes two legal steps, before losing control of the ball. After regaining possession, a player is allowed to regain his pivot foot and pass or shoot prior to that foot returning to the ground. This is legal.”
Forget what the NBA referees have to say. There’s no way that is legal and isn’t a travel. Dribbling isn’t an optional thing in basketball, but it’s hilarious to watch an All-Star get away with it.