Layups: NBA Revokes LeBron’s Triple-Double
Posted by Neil Paine on February 6, 2009
If it's NBA statistical news, we're all over it here at the BBR blog. This time, it's Ball Don't Lie with the revelation that LeBron didn't actually haul in what was at the time credited as his 9th rebound in Wednesday night's game between the Cavs and Knicks. If you recall, Ben Wallace sort of tipped the ball in the direction of LBJ, who then corralled it and moved upcourt. We thought this bit of generous scorekeeping had helped LeBron achieve an historic 52-point triple-double, but now the NBA has reviewed the tape and (correctly) given the board to Wallace. Anyway, the long and the short of it is this: what was a 52/11/10 game is now a "measly" 52/11/9 game. Poor LeBron.
February 7th, 2009 at 6:08 pm
I've always wondered about this but never knew what the rule is. Seems to me that whoever secures the ball should get credit for the rebound. So on tap-back offensive rebounds, does the tapper get credit for the rebound? Is it whoever first contacts the ball? What is the official rule, if there is one? I've also wondered about steals -- if someone tips a pass or knocks a dribble away, and his teammate corrals the loose ball, who gets credit for the steal?
February 8th, 2009 at 12:38 pm
It's about who controls the ball.
Ben Wallace passed the ball to Lebron with a controlled tip. Therefore he was credited with the rebound.