are allowed different moves. This is another rule within the NBA rules. Never
written. Always true. The NBA veteran, the NBA star, builds a line of
officiating credit over his years in the league. He shows what he can do and
what he cannot do. He is allowed to do what he can do.
"The game is
the thing," Daly says. "The players are the performers. Let them
perform as well as they can."
familiar with a player who spends 38, 39 minutes on the court every night,"
Garretson says. "This isn't like college, where you might see a player
three or four times a year. You get to know the way players play. Suppose
Julius Erving, every time he went to his left, took one baby step. Suppose he
did. Maybe he walked...but he never got any real advantage from it. That was
the way he always played. Consistency. The new guy on the block...well, it's
going to take him time to show what he can do."
I am dribbling the
ball now. I am Michael Cooper. Or I am Byron Scott. Or maybe I am still Magic.
I seem to put my hand underneath the ball on every bound. Or catch the ball on
every bounce and then let it go again. Or guide it in some strange way. Or do
something that does not appear normal to the basketball eye.
Who can call
palming in the NBA? Virtually every hand is large enough to catch the ball and
drop it again. Virtually everyone, even the guards, can pick a ball off the
floor. Just like that. A big hand can put an index finger on top of a ball and
a baby finger on the bottom. What is legal? What is not?
the first time I saw Earl Monroe," Garretson says. "I didn't know what
the hell I was supposed to call. Here was this guy with these big hands, and he
would catch the ball and move it over and move it back and do all kinds of
things with the ball that I had never seen. He'd catch the ball for a second
and then let it go. Was he palming? Did he lose his dribble? As the players
have gotten bigger, this rule has become much, much tougher to call. Where's