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08:13 AM ET 08.24 | Is Team USA deserving of the traveling calls it is receiving, or is it really, as one official suggests, because the players are simply too quick? The perception among some international fans is that American players are picking up their pivot foot before dribbling. Against Spain, the referees agreed with the crowd a few times, but the calls seemed odd to those accustomed to watching American college or pro basketball. "Most of our travels aren't travels," said Tony Ronzone, the director of international player personnel for USA Basketball. "We're so quick, they think it's a travel. The referees eyes aren't adjusted to our quickness. A lot of people don't understand that."

The New York Times

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August 24, 2010  08:41 AM ET
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Too quick? ............noThey freakin travel, they just don't get called in the nba

Its somewhere in the middle, they're are def alot of travles in the nba, but watch the games bro...

August 24, 2010  08:54 AM ET

Yeah, I watched the game and I'm not so sure. They clearly travel like crazy in the NBA, but I'm not sure about all those calls in the Spain game...

August 24, 2010  09:02 AM ET

Thirty years ago, a lot of what goes on now (travelling, palming, blocking) would have been called. The NBA and NCAA have decided that offense is what makes it popular on TV, so that's what it's evolved to.

The only way the US guys will get the same kind of calls they get at home in the international game is if the NBA and their union do what the NHL has done with the Olympics - if most of the players are from our league, you have to use our officials.

August 24, 2010  09:03 AM ET

Whoops -- I meant charging, not blocking...

August 24, 2010  09:23 AM ET
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Yeah, I watched the game and I'm not so sure. They clearly travel like crazy in the NBA, but I'm not sure about all those calls in the Spain game...

That about sums it up!

August 24, 2010  09:25 AM ET
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That about sums it up!

Just play ball. Who cares about the worlds anyways.

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August 24, 2010  09:31 AM ET

I watched the games this weekend.......most of the travel calls were bad calls.

August 24, 2010  09:34 AM ET

Too quick to the bank, Bros.

August 24, 2010  10:00 AM ET

I saw that game, they do travel a lot. Hard to brush off something you'be taught to do for years.

August 24, 2010  10:08 AM ET
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Too quick? ............noThey freakin travel, they just don't get called in the nba

bingo ! I love the NBA game but these guy's travel and walk with the ball plain and simple. It's always been this way. I am Bulls fan and was as big of a Jordan fan as you could get, and even I admit he carried the ball all the time. AI took it to another level that was only surpassed by LeBron and the "crap walk" ... I mean the word "walk" is even in the name !!

August 24, 2010  10:23 AM ET
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bingo ! I love the NBA game but these guy's travel and walk with the ball plain and simple. It's always been this way. I am Bulls fan and was as big of a Jordan fan as you could get, and even I admit he carried the ball all the time. AI took it to another level that was only surpassed by LeBron and the "crap walk" ... I mean the word "walk" is even in the name !!

The story is exactly right.. for anybody who actually watches NBA games AND knows the rules, a lot of the travelling calls are actually bad calls. Many times the refs just anticipate a travel and call it whether it was there or not

August 24, 2010  11:43 AM ET

They really need to stop. The guys in the NBA get away with murder. They don't call palming or travelling. Guys are taking thre steps when they go in for a lay up, two after they catch it on the run and they hardly ever put the ball down after a jab fake.

August 24, 2010  12:16 PM ET
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So what....The best players in NBA history were notorious habitual travelers....

SD why do you have a laker pic up?

August 24, 2010  12:20 PM ET
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they are kissing and necking bro....you know normal Laker Pre-Game Rituals...LOL!!!

Ha!!! Nice!!!

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August 24, 2010  12:37 PM ET

The ball has to hit the ground before your pivot foot moves. Many players pump fake the shot and pick their back foot up to step while dropping the ball... but it's suppose to bounce FIRST and then the foot come up. Nobody in street ball pays attention to this, the NBA never calls it. Most developmental league refs do call it but often it's missed. I doubt it's because were "so quick," more likely American players (and fans who aren't use to seeing it called) are so use to getting away with it feels right even when it's wrong.

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