Child tries to call out James Harden for step-back travels; he says it’s no travel

Kurt Helin

If you tried this move in a high-school game 10 years ago, you would have been called for traveling.

In today’s NBA, as the rules are interpreted, James Harden‘s step back is not a travel.

At an event on Friday, a young fan tried to call Harden out on the travel and he defended himself. Via Kelly Iko of The Athletic.


Harden’s stepback is not a travel (when he executes it properly). Even if it looks like it is.

Here is the play in question.