Wizards' Butler and Jamison Feel Travel Call on James Was Correct

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Wizards won Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in part because referee Bill Spooner whistled LeBron James for traveling on a key play down the stretch. After the game, James defended the move by saying he had used a "crab dribble" before taking two steps towards the basket.

"I watched it 10 times after the game and it was clearly a good play, so you live with it," James said.

What's a crab dribble?

Wizards forward Caron Butler, who was defending James on the play, thinks he knows.

"Yeah, a crab dribble is when you travel," Butler said with a grin yesterday. "That's my boy and that's the hottest thing on the market now, the crab dribble travel. . . . I couldn't do it in AAU, couldn't do it in college and obviously I can't do it now."

Before Spooner even made the call, Wizards forward Antawn Jamison was rolling his arms asking for a traveling call. Does he know what a crab dribble is?

"I don't know, but I know what traveling is," Jamison said. "He said he's seen the play a couple of times and didn't think he traveled, but we all know what traveling is. They got tape to prove the history of that signature move that he has, but it was a travel, hands down. When he beats us on end-of-game situations or finds a way to get it done, we give him credit, but it didn't happen [Sunday] and the right call was called."

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