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What is the “Gather Step” Rule in Basketball? (Explained)

A gather step refers to an extra third step that a player can make after picking up their dribble.

In the NBA the count begins with the first step taken after a player has stopped dribbling.

This first step is often referred to as the “zero” step, with two additional steps being allowed afterward.

This means the pivot foot technically can hit the ground before the ball is either shot or passed without a travel being called.

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