LeBron James got away with one of the worst travels in NBA history, and he knows it.
During the first quarter of the Lakers’ Wednesday night win against the Jazz, James was dribbling the ball up court before he started just walking with the ball in his hands. Jazz defender Bojan Bogdanovic was covering James on the play and couldn’t believe his eyes. He immediately looked directly at the referee wondering why there was no call.
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James said he saw a replay at halftime after a coach showed him, and responded to a heckler joking, “That’s one of the worst [travels] I’ve ever done in my life.”
After the game, the Lakers star explained why he suddenly picked the ball up after crossing halfcourt.
“I think at the same time, I was watching the underneath play, and [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] and Donovan [Mitchell] got into it. KCP started to run, and Donovan bumped into him, he fell on the ground,” James said. “I think I was ready to pass the ball, and my brain just kind of just, I had a malfunction. I really had a malfunction.”
James added, “It was the worst thing, probably one of the worst things I’ve ever done in my career.”
He also said he feels bad for whoever missed the traveling call, because they’re going to hear about it.
“I feel bad for the refs on that one because they’ll probably get a write-up on that or something,” James said. “That was pretty bad.”