James Harden’s new behind-the-back sidestep baffled NBA fans, but NBA refs explained why the move is legal

James Harden sidestep

James Harden set NBA Twitter ablaze on Tuesday night with a behind-the-back sidestep move that many believed to be traveling.
The NBA referees association explained why the move was legal.
The point of contention on the issue was Harden’s use of a “gather-step” in a way basketball fans aren’t used to seeing.

On Tuesday night, the Houston Rockets took on the Shanghai Sharks in a preseason tune-up ahead of the upcoming NBA season.

Leading the scoring that night was Jimmer Fredette, who dropped 41 points for the Sharks in his first NBA action in two years, but the move of the night undoubtedly went to Rockets superstar James Harden, who pulled off a behind-the-back sidestep that left many buzzing.

Just outside the arc, Harden switched hands behind his back while side-stepping his defender to get an open look at his shot.

It has to be seen to be believed and then seen a few more times to actually get what is going on with the move.

Ummm … what just happened? pic.twitter.com/QNy20sbRYD

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2018

Soon after the clip starting making the rounds on social media, NBA Twitter began to question its legality, openly wondering whether or not the move constitutes traveling.

if this isnt a travel he’s winning MVP again pic.twitter.com/hWBfSrHpgh

— Wobciferous (@World_Wide_Wob) October 10, 2018

He did the cha cha slide. RT @BleacherReport: Did Harden travel? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/mKLs1QpoCQ

— Bryson Jenkins (@BrysonAdair) October 10, 2018

love Harden! but how is this not a travel?! https://t.co/qx0kVsE9JU

— Matthew Rapp (@matthewrapp_) October 10, 2018

It certainly looks like a travel, with Harden making use of a few full steps in the process of getting open.

That said, according to the accounts of both the league office and the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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