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And to cement my previous post, here is the official NBA definition of ending a dribble:
"The dribble ends when the dribbler: (1) Touches the ball simultaneously with both hands (2) Permits the ball to come to rest while he is in control of it (3) Tries for a field goal (4) Throws a pass (5) Touches the ball more than once while dribbling, before it touches the floor (6) Loses control (7) Allows the ball to become dead"
Wade did none of these at the point Mahoney suggests that Wade took that first step. The dribble is still alive until Wade gathers the ball with two hands as he comes to a jump stop. At that point, either foot becomes the pivot foot and Wade is allowed to take that extra step. Thus, it's a legal basketball move. Game winner. Game over.
2 years, 11 months ago on Have Ball, Will Travel: Dwyane Wade (IV)
I think this is where that definition of "gathering the ball" comes in. The NBA seems to give leeway to the gathering of the ball after the last dribble not being included in the two-steps after the dribble. In this instance, after gathering the ball then Wade comes to a jump stop, with either foot becoming a legal pivot at that point. It's all about the interpretation of when the dribble stops. If the dribble is interpreted as stopping immediately after the ball last hits the floor, then it's a clear travel. However, if the gathering portion is still included in the dribble, then this is a legal play.