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James Harden's NBA 'Eurostep' is unfair and maybe should be illegal

Plenty of NBA players have become acquainted with the “Eurostep,” a misdirection move often makes defenders look silly.

James Harden of the Rockets might be the best at it (though Andrew Wiggins of the Wolves has used it plenty as well). A few nights back, a Harden Eurostep against the Raptors brought the move into further discussion: Is it a traveling violation?

The official Twitter account of NBA referees weighed in to say that — at least in the NBA — what Harden did (and often does) is legal.

Basically, a player is allowed to gather a dribble without that counting as a step, then take TWO MORE STEPS, during which he looks like a running back carrying a ball and trying to find a cutback lane. It’s absurd.

Harden did it again Thursday against the Raptors, and it looked even worse to me. But again, technically it’s not a traveling violation?

Maybe we can agree on this: The Eurostep isn’t fair. And maybe it should be illegal even if the NBA says it isn’t?

Almost everyone wins when Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell are fighting

Several things have been written already about the ongoing showdown between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but none have been as in-depth or satisfying as the long piece authored by ESPN’s excellent Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham.

The money quote is up high, as it should be, with Jones telling Goodell after learning of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” then threatening the commissioner further with a slur and a reference to Patriots owner Bob Kraft.

If the NFL ever ultimately implodes — unlikely, but still — this will be the scene from the first five minutes of the movie about everything that went wrong. Owen Wilson will make a fine Goodell, but we’re still casting Jones.

But the story is far more complex than just an isolated incident, as the writers lay out via this summary: “It is a turmoil that seems new but actually began years ago in a shadow war waged inside the cloistered world of NFL offices, owners’ suites, private meetings and conference calls, rooted in very different visions, mostly by Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell, about what the NFL’s future should be.

A picture is painted of a two-track NFL, one in which Jones initially needed Goodell but one now in which their motivations and desires are increasingly at odds. Summaries cannot do the piece justice, so you should read it all.

What I will say, briefly, is this: When one of the least likable owners in the NFL and least likable commissioners in sports are fighting, it clearly is not good for short-term interests of the league itself. But it is fantastic for anyone who has watched the NFL bungle and botch its way through several crises with greed and self-interest at the forefront.

Football is a flawed but wonderful sport. The NFL is a flawed and less wonderful league. When a battle between two men who helped make it that way emerges, almost everyone else wins.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers football at Northwestern

    11 am on BTN, 100.3-FM

  • St. Cloud State at Gophers women's hockey

    4:07 pm

  • Wild at Washington

    6:30 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Harvard at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 103.5/1130

  • L.A. Rams at Vikings

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Western Carolina at Gophers men's basketball

    3:30 pm on FS1, 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Detroit at Timberwolves

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Boston College at Gophers women's basketball

    7 pm on 93.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Charlotte

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • New Jersey at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Alabama A&M at Gophers men's basketball

    7 pm on BTN, 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Wild at Buffalo

    6 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Orlando at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • Xavier at Gophers women's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 93.3-FM

  • Vikings at Detroit

    11:30 am on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Gophers men's basketball vs. Massachusetts

    11 am on 103.5-FM/1130-AM

  • Colorado at Wild

    3 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Gophers men's hockey at Notre Dame

    6:30 pm on NBCSN, 103.5/1130

  • Miami at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, 830-AM

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