Jalen Rose had spot-on analysis on the controversy over whether LeBron James traveled when making his move to the basket again the Wizards.
LeBron James has defended the play by saying that he simply did a crab dribble, a move he does all the time. James, in a perhaps in a shrewd PR move, has made the conversation center on whether his crab dribble is a legal move.
A crab dribble is definitely legal. It simply means that the player is moving laterally while making his dribble. In his move against the Caron Butler, James begins to back him down and then does the crab dribble as he moves laterally to get around Butler.
That’s all perfectly legal. The traveling violation occured *after* the crab dribble as Jalen Rose explained on ESPN…