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Jun 24, 2015
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We've professed our appreciation for LeBron James. Dude's a beast, and we've made that clear in one sincerely-written letter from an FHM contributor.

However, it's impossible to ignore the fact that he gets away with some iffy footwork. He has a tendency to take a few extra steps after he has killed his dribble, for which the NBA has a term we're sure you're pretty familiar with: traveling. And this infraction that James has gotten notoriety for over the years (remember the crab dribble?) was recently brought to our attention again.

A video uploaded on YouTube on June 16, 2015 has compiled some of those uncalled traveling violations on LeBron.

Watch it here:


Video via JASTICE #NOBODYS

There's also one egregious moment in Game 2 of the NBA Finals where LeBron just casually takes two steps after getting the inbounds pass before dribbling.


Video via Oliver Allan Lee

The first video also includes clips from other Cavs players such as Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov, and a clip where LeBron dunks on the Atlanta Hawks with a legal-looking gather. But other than those, these two recent videos make it apparent that The King may be traveling's most high-profile offender.

Why bring this up now? One reason: A guy that's supposed to be this good MUST NOT be this bad with such a rudimentary basketball rule. The whole hoops world watches him in the game's biggest stages, so he's expected to show some respect for such a time-honored rule.

Even the legendary Phil Jackson—in a Bleacher Report article published on June 22, 2015—couldn't help but express his dismay over LeBron's bending of the rules, and how it's having a ripple effect on everything else that players do on the court:

"'I watch LeBron James, for example,' he said. 'He might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he's off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time. There's no structure, there's no discipline, there's no 'How do we play this game' type of attitude.

And it goes all the way through the game. To the point where now guys don't screen—they push
guys off with their hands.'"

When a guy who has more NBA rings than fingers speaks up, you know that something's obviously up. Sure, LeBron's a superstar, and other superstars may be violating the rules in similar ways, but because of his stature, he's going to get called out on it more than others. He's got to clean this up. Otherwise, this disregard for the rules will rank up there with his multiple Finals losses whenever arguments regarding his G.O.A.T. candidacy are brought up.

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Do it soon, LBJ, the number of videos under the search terms "lebron james traveling" on YouTube is growing!

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