NBA Referee Exec Says Bradley Beal Traveled vs. Pistons Despite NBRA Statement

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 11: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on February 11, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NBA vice president of referee development and training Monty McCutchen told Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal did travel against the Detroit Pistons in a much-discussed play on Monday evening.

While the travel itself had no effect on the result (a 121-112 Piston win), the no-call looked like a big miss at first glance:

McCutchen made the following comments to McMenamin regarding the matter:

“While in some cases a fumble at the end of a dribble on the gather can be retrieved, that is not what happened on this play. Bradley Beal gathers the ball and takes two steps, but then loses control of the ball. Once he has lost control after taking the two steps, he must regain control and pass or shoot before taking another step in order to be legal. Since he does not regain control until another step, the play is a travel.”

That opinion contradicted the National Basketball Referees Association’s take:

    

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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via Bleacher Report – NBA http://bit.ly/2gMI6gF

February 12, 2019 at 07:39PM

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