Or maybe he’s just a much better athlete right now than Jason Williams. Either way, this play gets a spot with Dave Cowens and Larry Bird in the montage of C’s diving for loose balls in big games:
A smattering of folks on Twitter last night said this was a traveling violation.
Those people appear to be wrong.
This page of the NBA’s official video rule book says what Rondo did is legal and shows two clips of other players (Alonzo Mourning and Tracy McGrady) doing the same thing. Go take a look.
Here’s the key sentence:
“When in possession of the ball while on the floor, an offensive player is permitted to stand up, establish a pivot foot and resume play.”
Case closed. (I think; John Hollinger says Rondo “blatantly traveled” in today’s Daily Dime at ESPN.com).
Thanks to the great Jose3030 for uploading the video so fast last night.
Update: KG adds this quote (via the Globe):
“That was probably the play of the playoffs to me,’’ said Kevin Garnett. “It was pure, ‘I want it more than you.’ Shorty is in the zone.’’