Gerald Green self alley-oop dunk off the backboard: Travel or good move?

Published on December 1st, 2014 by Astramskas, David | 2,817 views

In the latest edition of “Did He Travel?” we present the Phoenix Suns Gerald Green and this self alley-oop- off-the-backboard dunk vs the Magic.

If you think it’s a travel then here’s YouTube user Lawrence Hunt with an argument.

Watch the video and look at his left foot. That’s his pivot foot he’s using. That means that he’s able to move his right foot freely as long as his left foot is still planted on the ground. Here’s what confuses the average nba fan:

You are confused about one of these two points:

1: Since he established his left pivot foot, he’s allowed to take ONE extra step with his right foot but ONLY if he’s in the act of shooting the ball or passing. It’s illegal to pick up your pivot foot if you’re not gonna pass or shoot.

2: If a player is in trouble, he might pass the ball to himself off the backboard.
Let’s say player A is stuck (like how Gerald Green was) and he picks up the ball (like Gerald Green did), he then throws the ball off the backboard and dunks it. That’s completely legal.

Here’s YouTube user IshooterL with a funny reply.

Lol that’s a TRAVEL…heck that even gets called in my pick-up games and we don’t even have a ref…smh…

Atleast there’s no argument on this clean steal and dunk by Green.


If you want to take a look at others who have mastered throwing the ball off the glass to themselves then check out this compilation of the Master Kobe Bryant doing it.



About the Author

David Astramskas,

Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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