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Rick Barry says Ray Allen traveled on critical Game 6 three

Jul 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

It was the most iconic moment of this year’s dramatic NBA Finals — San Antonio was seconds away from winning the NBA title and Miami was trying to force overtime in Game 6 with the Heat down three. LeBron James missed a three but Chris Bosh got the rebound and passed to Ray Allen, who stepped back and nailed a corner three to tie it. Miami went on the win the game and the title in Game 7.

NBA legend Rick Barry says Allen traveled on the key shot.

Barry was on 640 Sports in Miami, where Dan Sileo filling in for the Big O, and Barry said this:

“Everybody will probably hate me for saying this down there in Miami, but the bottom line of it is nobody made a big deal about the fact Ray Allen traveled on the shot he made to tie the game,” Barry said. “Ray did it so quickly, but he traveled. He had a pivot foot and he stepped back behind the line and he brought the foot that was his pivot foot back and took the shot, well I’m sorry but you can’t do that without dribbling the basketball.

“But anyway the San Antonio Spurs gave them every opportunity and they responded, talking about the Heat, and they were able to come away with the championship so credit to them for that.”

The NBA rule on traveling was described by the league this way:

A player who receives the ball while moving is allowed a two count rhythm but must release the ball prior to the third step touching the floor.

Does Allen take a third step? Looking at the replay I don’t think so. The NBA allows a “gather” and two steps and Allen is well within that.

Of course, not everyone will see it that way, fans will see it with their hearts (and a lot of them hate the Heat). Besides, if we are going to pick this apart Tim Duncan illegally subbed in after the replay.

It’s moot now. But it’s interesting.

One other quote from Rick Barry on that show — he was as confused as the rest of us by the Lakers last season:

“To me that teams should have been a much better basketball team. I don’t know if they were all utilized in the best manner possible. But whatever it was it just didn’t jell and it just didn’t work. I think it was a major, major disappointment for basketball fans in the Los Angeles area to see what transpired.”

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I love how everybody recites this cliche about NBA not ever calling the travel as if it’s some objective law that never gets upheld…. you guys do realize that the NBA literally writes its own rulebook right? They will decide what is a travel and what is not… and they will decide how to enforce it. Most of us fans have no idea what the actual rulebook says so let’s stop pretending to be an authority on the subject.

    • albertmn - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      You manage to be mostly right, and still sound like a db. Congrats!

  2. openseason51 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Rick Berry always has something to say. I bet because he can’t get a coaching job. He must have been a real piece of work to alienate himself so badly.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      I just did a little test here using google search… typed “rick barry is…” and see what autofilled.

      Top 3:

      Rick Barry is a jerk
      Rick Barry is a racist
      Rick Barry wore a wig

  3. jbq2 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I’m up for a conspiracy with the best of them. This was just a good shot and also good defense. He fudged the rules slightly. However in this age of five step layups, this really was a good play on his part.

  4. thechock305 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Ahh, the hating I guess doesn’t get old. Do you know that hating is a WOMAN’S trait? How many women are on this blog? Seems like a lot. So NOBODY EVER had an issue with that shot until a Barry said something?? NEXT TOPIC

  5. jzone954 - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM


    This is garbage


  6. todhann - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    At 39 seconds when Allen first touches the ball, both feet are off the floor. As I have not read (and will not care enough to look up) the actual rule, I have to ask the more learned here. Once both feet are on the floor, can’t he decide which he wants to be his pivot or must it be the foot that touched the floor first? What if they were to touch simultaneously? His right foot hits the floor first, but then he uses his left as his pivot foot. If he is allowed to decide which foot he wants as his pivot, there is no travel. If it must be the foot that touched the floor first, it is a travel.

  7. j0esixpack - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Officials have been letting the stars travel – especially in big games – for decades

  8. thetooloftools - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Come on Rick… I thought you were better then this. NO WAY did he travel. His feet were in the air and he rotated down and BANG… went “big shot Rob” on the make good.
    Stand Down.

  9. trevor123698 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    you are a sc*m bag if you disagree

  10. bizzmoneyb - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    it was a legit 3. but keep on hatin’ Rick!!

  11. miamatt - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The fact that we didn’t hear one Spurs fan, NBA fan in general, commentator, reporter, blogger, or anybody else point this out for a full month after one of the most watched sports plays of the entire year tell us all we need to know. Not even the trolls had the gall to make up something so ludicrous.

    It wasn’t a travel by any definition of the rule.

  12. onlyavoice - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Why So Sore Rick,
    Just Find Out Your Wife Was Texting Allen Also.

  13. borderline1988 - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I just don’t see it…he caught the ball in motion, took 2 steps back and jumped. It’s like any fast break layup where a player catches the ball on the run, takes 2 steps, jumps and dunks. It’s just Ray Allen took a 3pt shot instead of dunking it.

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