“Crab Dribble” will remain in Lebron’s game

Lebron James upset with refereeThe crab dribble has been a hot topic since referee Bill Spooner called James for traveling when he was driving for a potential tying basket. James insisted he had executed a legal hesitation move that he practices all summer with assistant coach Chris Jent. Coach Mike Brown said the move is usually used in the post or as a player gets into the paint and is about to execute a power move to the basket.

James was stunned and disagreed with the call. “Bad call, we all make mistakes, and I think I got the wrong end of the bargain,” said James “I watched it 10 times after the game and it was clearly a good play. We live with it.”

James has no plan to remove it from his game. “I’ve done that move plenty of times and I believe it’s a good move,” he said after practice on Tuesday. “If they called it more consistently, then I guess it ain’t a good move then and I’ll change my game. But it’s not called consistently.”

However, the NBA and Spooner stand by the call. Spooner explained in an email: “3 steps on the move to the basket. Basic travel call.”

An NBA spokesman said the league supports Spooner’s call.

So what is a “crab dribble”?

James described it as a hesitation dribble he uses to slow down the defense before he accelerates toward the rim.

“If they take it away like they’ve done before with the hop step, I’ll find a way to do something else,” he said.

During his first two seasons, James often was called for traveling when he would hop on both feet while taking a layup. But the league cracked down on that move.

“How have I fared after that?” James said. “I’ll be fine if they take this away, too.”

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