NEW YORK, NY – The National Basketball Association has decided they will no longer penalize players for traveling, or moving with the ball without dribbling.
“It has become clear that, over the years, enforcement of the traveling penalty has become lax,” NBA spokesperson Pat Schernhorn said. “We’ve come to accept that traveling will happen, and in fact we should have discontinued this policy long ago.”
According to basketball fans and analysts, most players will carry the ball just a little during the course of a game. The once-illegal move would usually occur when players were driving in for a dunk.
“When Michael Jordan took an extra step going to the rim refs, other players, and fans would let it slide,” Jim Delaney at ESPN said. “I mean, c’mon, he was MJ. You couldn’t say no to that grace and power. Ever since then traveling has been less and less serious.”
Reception to the move has been positive, with players, fans, and athletes around the country saying the NBA is moving in the right direction.
“I think this will definitely speed up the game,” Phil Jackson, the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, said. “It’ll open up the floor a little. Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t get rid of this sooner.”
“Hopefully they’ll just let us carry the ball altogether,” newly-traded New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony said. “Dribbling takes up a lot of time.”
NBA officials are considering other rule changes, like allowing for rougher play, putting yard lines on the court, and changing the basketball to a football.