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Explaining Why Kevin Durant Wasn’t Backcourt

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 28, 2011
Kevin Durant clearly stepped over. But by league rule, he never established position in the frontcourt. (Via LarryBrownSports.com)
Kevin Durant clearly stepped over. But by league rule, he never established position in the frontcourt. (Via LarryBrownSports.com)

The NBA has released an explanation of why Kevin Durant was not deemed to be in violation of the backcourt rule with 14.8 seconds remaining in Wednesday night’s game.

The NBA rulebook states “A ball being dribbled is (1) in the frontcourt when the ball and both feet of the player are in the frontcourt, (2) in the backcourt if the ball or either foot of the player is in the backcourt”. In the play from Wednesday night’s Oklahoma City-Denver game, as he received the ball, Kevin Durant stepped on the midcourt line with his left foot which is equivalent to being in the backcourt. He never established position in the frontcourt with both feet so the referees were correct in waiving off a backcourt violation. If Durant had both feet and the ball in the frontcourt and then stepped on the midcourt line, the correct call would then have been a backcourt violation.”

Here’s a video replay of play. Hopefully this settles any and all controversies and conspiracy theories.

-DM-

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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