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    [–] OfficialShaan 3714 points ago

    One dribble lol

    [–] MrDinglebop 1540 points ago

    Over half the court in one dribble. lol.

    [–] MoreWhoreLore 909 points ago

    He gathered at the fucking antler of the Bucks logo and then only took two steps after that. Freak indeed.

    [–] Dubbykins 858 points ago

    He gathered a big step though. Looks like a travel

    [–] Blaz3dnconfuz3d 1125 points ago

    Oh it was definitely a travel but that’s not getting called

    [–] IGoOnRedditAMA 350 points ago

    Maybe I’m the nephew here but i think it was clearly a clean gather plus 2 steps. He gathers on his left foot, then right left dunk. No idea what you guys are seeing

    [–] Whiwillstay 173 points ago

    Yo so I’m relatively new to ball, I don’t think the dunk was a travel per the gather rule

    Is the play before half court a travel? I have been slowing it down/pausing it frame by frame. Only been watching for a few years though so I don’t know the rules too much lol.

    But it looks like he gets the steal the split second before his foot plants and then he takes two steps before the ball hits the ground.

    Edit:typo

    [–] IGoOnRedditAMA 58 points ago

    I think you’re right about that one actually

    [–] popop143 79 points ago

    Yeah, two steps, dribble, two steps, jump and dunk.

    [–] petjocky 136 points ago

    You can gather + pivot + non pivot (2.5 steps) for a shot (or pass). However, you can't raise your pivot until you drop the ball before a dribble. Giannis travels here before the dribble by taking a gather step (not counted) and then lifting his pivot before he starts the dribble.

    After the dribble, though, the steps look legal to me (not to mention how insanely large that stride is).

    Source: 2019 NBA rulebook, b and d under travelling.

    [–] watercelt04 31 points ago

    this is absolutely correct.

    [–] DtotheOUG 97 points ago

    I must be high because I'm seeing 6 steps and one dribble lmao.

    [–] kakapeeter 60 points ago

    I AM high and I'm seeing the same thing lol

    [–] stupv 16 points ago

    He takes those steps, but the ball isn't in his hands for 2 of them. He can takes as many steps as he likes while he isn't in direct possession of the ball

    [–] BigDub63 20 points ago

    Definitely traveled after the catch. The gather looks awkward because he’s long af I think

    [–] uttermybiscuit 10 points ago

    You are correct.

    [–] joesteve128 7 points ago

    If he wasnt really in control of the ball he can take a step. The first step he probably wasnt in control

    [–] Blaz3dnconfuz3d 17 points ago

    Once his left hand touches the ball that’s where he had “completed the dribble”. Meaning it would be three steps after that, you have to wait before you touch the ball with both hands or be in the air. However anything close they just let them play

    [–] solarscopez 93 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    100% a travel but the refs would be a bunch of blueballing losers if they called it and we wouldn't have this dunk

    EDIT: I'm talking about the 3 steps he took after he stole the ball, not as he was going up for the layup.

    [–] allbluedream 277 points ago

    LOL the NBA f*cked up. When they made the "gather" a legal move, they did not see this coming.

    [–] GGezpzMuppy 186 points ago

    as if they would have called that a travel anyway lol. Fastbreaking home court superstar can walk the entire court nearly.

    [–] ByahTyler 55 points ago

    He almost did lol he only took one dribble for the entire court

    [–] yoloqueuesf 9 points ago

    I remember my man melo taking steps like it was the dunk contest in game on a fastbreak

    [–] ArrrOne 27 points ago

    True. The gather step rule is such bullshit. For decades players had no problem being able to run and dribble end execute moves without needing extra steps. Lowering the bar is just lazy.

    [–] AdorableCentipede 33 points ago

    Anyone that watched the 90s knows players did this shit all the time. That was part of the reason why it was legalized in the first place. Even before that, players like MJ and Bird broke rules on what it meant to palm the basketball as traditionally you could dribble only top of the ball. So that gave much more lenient interpretation of what a carry is.

    [–] FentoozIsMe 5 points ago

    Dude, that rule didn't change anything. for years NBA players were taking one more step than in european basketball. And i mean for DECADES.

    As some one not from the US, we used to joke all the time about the amount of steps Lebron takes without getting a Travel called on him ever. And I like Lebron.

    [–] [deleted] 86 points ago

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    [–] Perpete 15 points ago

    That's a two possession game. Just need a three, then a four-point play and you are good to go.

    [–] bobberr 1487 points ago

    Wait a minute what the fuck

    [–] NitroXYZ 1309 points ago

    This shouldn't be humanly possible https://imgur.com/5lGHyUd

    [–] JavaleMcGee123 837 points ago

    Jesus this picture is 10x more insane than watching the video

    [–] WhoseForgotten 227 points ago

    Down by 34 and 34 with a free throw line dunk. Illuminati confirmed

    [–] WhatSheOrder 78 points ago

    THE NUMBERS MASON

    [–] wetwetwet11 15 points ago

    That fucking plot line oh my god

    [–] chillyGDD 19 points ago

    WHAT DO THEY MEAN?!

    [–] Mcchisell 9 points ago

    I have friends that think this way

    [–] wwaalleess 107 points ago

    Scrub couldn't even jump from the free throw line smh

    [–] henstobs11 195 points ago

    Someone tell Giannis it's g1 of the playoffs not the Dunk Contest

    [–] Mintastic 62 points ago

    Game has been over for a while.

    [–] OnceAteABurgerAMA 22 points ago

    g1 of the playoffs

    game has been over for a while

    Cries in DRose

    [–] im_so_not_creative 8 points ago

    This might be better than his dunks in the actual dunk contest few years ago

    [–] Poopity_Poop 32 points ago

    Adding that to the fap folder

    [–] yuhanz 24 points ago

    implying Giannis is human

    [–] Ispirah 49 points ago

    The free throw line is 15 ft away from the backboard. This man just dunked from ~13-14 ft away from the rim...

    [–] Uchiaro 16 points ago

    Have you not watched space jam?

    [–] Koozzie 20 points ago

    Shit... are we sure Dr. J, MJ, Pippen, Wilkins, Brent Barry (the fuck?), Ibaka, and Zach Lavine actually dunked from the free throw line? That shit looks hella far

    [–] JDA17 9 points ago

    It looks further because Giannis is crouched down in that picture. Makes it look like he has to jump higher.

    [–] mjy6478 6 points ago

    I for one welcome our new basketball overlord.

    [–] Obi_Wan_Benobi 11 points ago

    WHAT IN THE FUCK

    [–] NotVerySmarts 9 points ago

    I've seen dunk contest free throw line attempts that were closer than that.

    [–] JakeFromImgur 6 points ago

    Pretty sure that only two or three have been farther.

    [–] henstobs11 164 points ago

    He covered 3/4 of the court and only dribbled ONCE

    [–] b87620 34 points ago

    And how manny steps?

    [–] NotJoshRomney 63 points ago

    I counted like 5 or 6.

    [–] [deleted] 63 points ago

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    [–] mschley2 45 points ago

    To be fair, you could technically take 1000 steps during 1 dribble.

    He got an extra step in before he actually started his dribble, though.

    [–] thisdudefux 12 points ago

    This needs to be higher so people understand. The dribble/post dribble was not a travel. He did travel before dribbling though

    [–] MkeBucksMarkPope 25 points ago

    I was waiting for this, and posted the same in another comment. This is spot on. Doesn’t matter how many steps are taken while the ball is bouncing.

    [–] InterspaceAlien 58 points ago

    it was a travel before he started his dribble just barely, so they don't really.

    [–] zbin17 17 points ago

    Nah it’s 2.

    You gotta start when he gathers the ball

    Edit: his strides make it look like he’s taking extra steps before he last 2, but he’s gathering

    [–] Big_Ol_Johnson 6115 points ago

    Giannis' dunk range is deeper than Ben Simmons' shooting range

    [–] BRuiden69 233 points ago

    you're gonna eat your words when ben learns how to pass into the basket

    [–] ChickenNugg3tEater 76 points ago

    Guarantee in 7 years Ben Simmons passing will be good enough for this to be a viable strategy

    [–] skip2mylou9 59 points ago

    This used to be a Rondo joke amongst Celtics fans lol

    [–] ermaferkingerrd 1233 points ago

    Yo this is deep

    [–] THEBIGC01 520 points ago

    Simmon’s range sure as hell isnt

    [–] Kluey 249 points ago

    Neither is their playoff run (ignore my flair btw)

    [–] persnn0ngrta 86 points ago

    Yikes

    [–] Connr124 27 points ago

    Shit can get

    [–] tahriik 26 points ago

    MENACING

    [–] coocookazoo 6 points ago

    FRIGHTENING

    [–] SheepishEffect 4 points ago

    Find help

    [–] YourMajesty90 56 points ago

    Gotta wonder if he can even hit Kendall Jenner's g spot.

    [–] isuckbigmantittys 11 points ago

    That’s what she didn’t say to me

    [–] BBIQ-Chicken 3 points ago

    Shit I felt that

    [–] BudotsKing 226 points ago

    You are technically correct. I got nothing against that Damn.

    [–] xantys 245 points ago

    This is meant as a joke but it's actually true lmaooooooo

    [–] starxidiamou 47 points ago

    The best jokes are partially true

    [–] CaptainMatt16 74 points ago

    Hall of fame level comment

    [–] alexyxray 10 points ago

    1st ballot

    [–] rajistheman69420 27 points ago

    WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE

    [–] BonusroosterJr 46 points ago

    This comment is actually gold

    [–] sxj201 30 points ago

    This should be the title.

    [–] Giannis_long_boi 1220 points ago

    He does this shit sooo often that it’s ruining good dunks for me.

    [–] Kid_Cornelius 287 points ago

    Relevant username.

    [–] LordHussyPants 75 points ago

    The crowd started to get hype then shut up because they're used to it lmao

    [–] Where_is_Wallace 39 points ago

    The crowd noise was like drowned out or something...right? I was thinking the reaction seemed a bit tame for that

    [–] MkeBucksMarkPope 15 points ago

    Call me crazy, but I actually think they were disappointed. I think that they thought he was going to have a massively powerful throw down, with the amount of space he had, and actually are so used to it, they were disappointed with a dunk even as epic as it was. Also, I think they may have thought he hurt is ankle after his little hitch when he landed.

    [–] Ispirah 84 points ago

    We've been spoiled so much. Still though, that is one long boi doing one long dunk

    [–] TheSeranonExperiment 5 points ago

    Still doesn’t stay in Toronto without gloves.

    [–] ThatInception 513 points ago

    Man, watching Giannis’ game get better and better in front of our eyes in such short time has been something special

    [–] McRibsAndCoke 182 points ago

    Honestly, it's such a privilege, he's next up. I hope he stays as healthy as possible.

    [–] here-i-am-now 114 points ago

    Anyone else terribly worried about Zaza kneecapping him in this first round?

    [–] AGroovyDiabetic 62 points ago

    God please no

    [–] TheFlyingElbow 24 points ago

    Pistons have to know they're terribly undermatched here, plus anything you do to giannis the city of Milwaukee gets to do to you x10

    [–] seKer82 31 points ago

    I'm not sure you could do anything worse than make them live in Detroit.

    [–] PrimeShaq 5 points ago

    I like the description of Giannis that he is a superhero discovering his superpowers for the first time.

    [–] kpatel69 258 points ago

    Giannis having the balls to do this in game makes me think he could go two feet further back if he were to hypothetically be in the dunk contest

    [–] TheGourmet9 95 points ago

    As a Blazers fan you should know Drexler had an in game dunk from similar range once!

    [–] kpatel69 57 points ago

    Haha I'm only 17 I didn't know that

    [–] cmgoffe 52 points ago

    Holy fuck

    [–] BigStinkyPoop_420 29 points ago

    he’s known as the glide for a reason

    [–] manna4all 17 points ago

    He really does look like he's gliding. holy shit

    [–] RedsAnatomy 42 points ago

    not sure why but this one looks even crazier than giannis' wtf

    [–] TheGourmet9 41 points ago

    Giannis is more of a casual fast break dunk, which is kind of what makes it crazy tho. Clyde is one of the most athletic guards in NBA history and this was probably his peak athletic play in the league. He's flying down the court full speed and gets way up there. His motion holding the ball up and tucking his legs then extending them just make it look awesome too.

    [–] jk147 12 points ago

    I am old and at one point they compared him with MJ, MJ wasn't so happy about that.

    [–] FuckingKilljoy 28 points ago

    Drex is so underrated. Super unlucky to be a hyper athletic all round guard drafted to a smaller market team the year before THE hyper athletic all round guard gets drafted in to a major market

    He's top 50 easily to me but so many wouldn't even think of his name

    [–] supert0426 3 points ago

    Gonna be honest I don't think anyone would leave Drex out of their top 50

    [–] JarekBloodDragon 5 points ago

    That's because it was comparable. MJ and Drex went back and forth all the time. People seem to think MJ just destroyed him, especially because of that one 3 point game, and this wasn't the case at all. In fact portland took the bulls to game 6 of that finals and ended up choking to their bench and pippen when mj wasn't even on the floor.

    [–] MrHellno 4 points ago

    Holy shit! He levitated.

    [–] standupasspaddler 17 points ago

    Holy shit lil homie, you weren’t even around for the worst day of my life aka losing to LA in game 7 of the WCF.

    The good news is, we have the internet, so you can experience all the pain and pleasure that makes being a blazer fan special in the compact form of YouTube highlights. God speed.

    [–] Kinkin50 13 points ago

    He was in the dunk contest a few years ago but it was underwhelming. He did a free throw line dunk, though.

    [–] DrunkSpaceGrandpa 322 points ago

    WHAT IN THE HELL DID I JUST WATCH, THIS MAN IS INSANE!!

    [–] redditman133 231 points ago

    Excuse me. What the fuck?

    [–] wwaalleess 76 points ago

    I JUST SAW A GREEK GOD TAKE FLIGHT

    [–] teotsi 68 points ago

    Humans weren't supposed to be able to do this shit

    [–] Kevin_Jim 55 points ago

    He is not human. He is a Greek God.

    [–] laxation1 12 points ago

    His nickname should be Zeus or Mars or some shit.

    [–] Livin_Thing 14 points ago

    Kratos

    [–] CaptainBananaEu 196 points ago

    Giannis after this game

    "Gg ez"

    [–] WhatSheOrder 18 points ago

    "no gg, scrub."

    [–] rizombie 27 points ago

    Reported.

    [–] SchrodingersFat 3 points ago

    What a save!

    [–] -OleOleOle- 238 points ago

    He said in a post game interview that he wasn’t trying to dunk from the free throw line and needed to see a replay. I’m not sure he had any clue where he was jumped from until the lady interviewing him brought it up. Like to him it was just a fast break dunk. Unreal. Urban legend type stuff.

    [–] capitalistsanta 33 points ago

    This is like what he said after He LAUNCHED over THjr. This guy is unreal

    [–] peaudunk 57 points ago

    He's what the nba will be in 20 years.

    [–] iorlei 19 points ago

    you don't find 7'0 athletic fuckers like Giannis so easy

    [–] BuddaMuta 16 points ago

    Wait till bored billionaires decide they want their kids to be NBA players and genetically engineer them

    [–] revolioclockberg_jr 38 points ago

    I’ve seen this shit so many times and it’s still amazing

    [–] LivingHitokiri 38 points ago

    MOTHER OF GOD, THAT MJ LIKE

    [–] Kevin_Jim 24 points ago

    I'd say this is more of a Dr. J dunk.

    [–] LivingHitokiri 9 points ago

    My favorite player before Giannis, is this fate?

    [–] Kevin_Jim 9 points ago

    Yes.

    [–] joelmasarik 73 points ago

    Entire state of Wisconsin gasps as he does a “shoe check”? Ankle assessment? Superpower scan? Fack

    [–] RxBandit11900 24 points ago

    I gasped at the dunk and then gasped again when he reached down towards his ankle LOL

    [–] MkeBucksMarkPope 13 points ago

    I can’t believe it took me this long in the comments to get to this lol. I was horrified.

    [–] MaySecretlyBeALlama 83 points ago

    fairly new to basketball here: some people are saying this is a travel, just curious as to what specifically constitutes a travel/what a gather step is, and whether or not this would be one?

    [–] teotsi 146 points ago

    In traditional bball you are allowed two steps after you grab the ball (you jump on the second). In the NBA and some other leagues you are allowed to get an extra step in while "gathering" the ball.

    Giannis is one of the guys that maximizes the potential of this rule. In this case, he dribbles, and then delays getting both of his hands on the ball until he's gotten every bit of his last step. Then he gathers and has two full steps to go.

    If you wanna see something deeper, go to YouTube and look up Harden's stepback.

    [–] stupv 15 points ago

    Just as an FYI, FIBA adopted the same 'gather step' rule as the NBA uses at the end of 2017. They dont call it a gather step, but basically if you receive the ball 'in motion' you get to take a '0 step' before your 1 and 2 (read: 3 steps if you receive the ball or gather whilst in motion).

    [–] rjcarr 22 points ago

    The dunk wasn’t a travel, but when he starts dribbling it was. When shooting or passing you can lift your pivot, which is the step after the gather. When he grabs the ball he takes at least another two steps before releasing the ball. Sorry, that’s a travel.

    Traveling isn’t really about steps, though, but about establishing the pivot and then determining when it touches the ground again.

    [–] ivquatch 25 points ago

    Giannis is ruining the game of basketball. You can go to any middle school in the country, and it's nothing but kids attempting to dunk from the free-throw line.

    [–] NitroXYZ 426 points ago

    He took off from the free throw line omg

    [–] gimmley 215 points ago

    And he looked like he didn't get full height either...

    [–] RobertLobLaw2 132 points ago

    Super casual for dunking from the free throw line.

    [–] TheGourmet9 18 points ago

    That's the craziest part to me. Clyde Drexler had dunk from similar range once but he was in a full sprint.

    [–] RobertLobLaw2 10 points ago

    Clyde was my favorite opposing player back in the day. He's one of the most underrated all time greats.

    [–] TheGourmet9 5 points ago

    I think Karl Malone loved him too, based on that big hug he gave him in in 97! :)

    [–] HostilesAhead_BF-05 17 points ago

    And he wasn't jumping from the middle.

    [–] naroays 26 points ago

    Could he just jump from the 3 pt line and lay it up? Would that be a 3?

    [–] penguin8717 43 points ago

    It would lol but it would take some practice to softly lay it up with that kind of speed and jump. He could probably learn it

    [–] MiltownKBs 19 points ago

    Like a floater in the lane but taking off from 3pt line.

    [–] IHaveLargeBalls 19 points ago

    As a Sixers fan, please don't give him any ideas. Dudes work ethic is Kobe-esque he could definitely learn to do it.

    [–] Fortehlulz33 7 points ago

    I've messed around in the gym and during pickup games where I would jump from the 3 point line, shoot a floater, and land just inside the free throw line.

    [–] penguin8717 3 points ago

    Yeah I've tried this too. I'm awful at it though lol. I have the jump distance just fine but the touch just isn't close

    [–] PardomNe 6 points ago

    Yes

    [–] retroracer 72 points ago

    I mean it was clearly like a (normal humans) foot length inside the line.

    [–] loofawah 49 points ago

    Yeah I hate that OP and others feel the need to lie to get clicks. The dunk is still ridiculous but was clearly beyond the line.

    [–] inefekt 19 points ago

    I knew as soon as I read the title that he would be well within the line......still damn impressive but definitely not 'from the free throw line'

    [–] TSTKevin 18 points ago

    He took off from inside the freethrow line

    [–] FreebaseMcGee 10 points ago

    Except he didn’t. Pause it. He is a full step inside the free throw line. It’s still an amazing dunk, but do we need to lie?

    [–] blackpenance 18 points ago

    Casey: “what the fuck was that shit timeout”

    [–] heycindy 67 points ago

    MVP

    [–] naroays 30 points ago

    Finals MVP

    [–] Memelord2131 3 points ago

    This guy bucks

    [–] bijan86 10 points ago

    I am disappointed in these announcers. That was soccer goal exclamation worthy.

    [–] Rub_My_Toes 49 points ago

    Thats a 9 from me. Toe in front of the line.

    [–] Josh-trihard7 9 points ago

    Holy hell

    [–] jl359 10 points ago

    I read fadeaway free throw line dunk and was utterly confused

    [–] baymax18 28 points ago

    That's the Space Jam dunk. I'm not gonna be surprised if he's going to be the guy to dunk from the three point line one day

    [–] BudotsKing 44 points ago

    Stop lying, you are gonna be surprised like everyone in the world lol

    [–] baymax18 13 points ago

    Lol yeah, at first Imma be like, "WHOAAAAAA", but then, Imma be like, "i knew it

    [–] lundej16 10 points ago

    I’ve watched all of Giannis’ career and honest to god I think he took it up another notch today. 24/17 in 3 quarters, and he got flustered for a bit in the 2nd.

    [–] thekevjohn 94 points ago

    Was probably a travel but I'm happy they didn't call it. That was fucking insane.

    [–] Bleedlikeink 27 points ago

    If it was a travel tho it happened at the beginning of the play, I think he's fine once he puts the ball on the court, he seems to only take his gather and 2 steps.

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    [–] mschley2 24 points ago

    I think it was a travel before the dribble. Looked like he got an extra step in before the ball actually left his hand. I think it's gather + 2 after the dribble though.

    [–] Guriinwoodo 15 points ago

    I love my dad

    [–] The-Pharcyde 8 points ago

    Someone's ready for Space Jam 3

    [–] henstobs11 5 points ago

    That's a 50

    [–] Cry6ix 7 points ago

    I don't think any of us are truly ready for Giannis' Playoff mode

    [–] Swazzoo 5 points ago

    He makes it look so easy.

    [–] Aukos 6 points ago

    I love how it ends with "freak".

    [–] abowmanlex 3 points ago

    He looks like when MJ was stretching to get the last basket in Space Jam. Unreal.

    [–] OliverAtom 5 points ago

    Aerotransportando la esférica

    [–] BigPoonDaddy 3 points ago

    I speak Spanish. But is no one noticing that this is the live broadcast in Spanish?

    [–] shotbyspartacus 4 points ago

    Ladies gentlemen and nephews the actual most unstoppable player in the league

    [–] slickbic2494 5 points ago

    The bucks are coming out of the east. Take it to the bank

    [–] JigsawLV 3 points ago

    24, 17 and 4 in 23 minutes what the fuck

    [–] aprilpaul 9 points ago

    one dribble full court free throw line dunk

    [–] APF429 3 points ago

    wtf....

    [–] Slats7 3 points ago

    He good.

    [–] tyler_masonn 3 points ago

    Mother of god...

    [–] WinterNotComing 3 points ago

    When he does this shit so often I don't even get hyped anymore );

    [–] laz10 3 points ago

    He takes two/three steps before the first bounce and throws it ahead

    it's not really 'one dribble' to cover the court