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Did Manu Ginobili travel on his game winner? Yes he did.

Dec 16, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT


It was the other dramatic game winner Wednesday night — Manu Ginobili hit a step-back from the elbow as the buzzer sounded giving the Spurs 92-90 win over the Bucks.

But was it legal?

Watch the video below, Ginobili travels.

Ginobili drives left (of course he does) with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on him, gets to the elbow, plants both feet, steps back and plants both feet again, elevates and hits the shot.

That is a textbook travel. Even in the NBA. That was no bunny hop on the drive, that was both feet replanting. Bucks coach Scott Skiles said so after the game to the media, calling it a travel.

Which means he will get a fine, but it makes him no less right. Ginobili traveled. But no call was made and the Spurs get the win.

UPDATE: We will add that this travel opinion is not universal — our own Rob Mahoney, writing at Hardwood Paroxysm, uses video to argue this was a legal jump stop.

  1. thestudiokida - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    That’s called a pro hop my friend. He still traveled because he took individual steps before planting again and elevating. Shaq made a killing on that move but he did it a lot better.

  2. andyprough - Dec 16, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    The camera angle of the first replay hides his final dribble behind the defenders’ body, so it looks like he took an extra step. If you look closely at the final replay camera angle from in front of the basket, it is clear that he got that final dribble in and simply did a pro hop back, planted his two feet simultaneously and launched it. The ref had a perfect angle to see his footwork, standing behind where Ginobili shot from.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 16, 2010 at 4:46 PM

      I agree that the other camera angle changes things.

  3. metalhead65 - Dec 16, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    let me know when somebody playing basketball today does not travel!I mean I know I am old but the stuff they get away with today is just sad. when I was young we were taught that once you leave your feet you either shoot or pass,now they jump up come back down&dribble to the basket stop and take steps to make the lay up or dunk. did jordan take off from the free throw line and come back down then do his dunk?

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