Look, I’m not usually one to stand around and bark at today’s basketball playing youth for their affinity for sneaking in a few steps prior to their takeoff in the open floor. I mean, as a Pistons fan, I’m pretty sure Richard Hamilton spent most of the 2000’s taking four steps every time he caught the ball at the top of the arc in triple threat (the ol’ two-steps-and-a-hop routine), so who am I to talk, anyway?
Having said that, it remains my civic duty to bring to light one of the most egregious travels of the season, from Tuesday night’s 93-92 Pistons victory over the Miami Heat. Here’s Heat rookie Justise Winslow embarking upon a cross-country road trip (sorry Ersan):
In all honesty, it’s probably the worst non-travel call we’ve seen in a Pistons game since… well… since Stanley Johnson did virtually the same thing en route to his first career NBA dunk against the Bulls last month:
Of course, neither clip manages to supplant 10-year defending travel champion Steve Francis, who holds the crown for completing the most obnoxious and willfully illegal open floor dunk in NBA history:
Take a bow, Stevie Franchise. These young pups have got nothing on you.