Carrying (basketball)

Carrying, also colloquially referred to as palming, is a violation in the game of basketball. It occurs when the dribbling player continues to dribble after allowing the ball to come to rest in one or both hands. Carrying is similar to a double dribble because the player momentarily stops dribbling and then resumes dribbling. If the player is in motion while carrying the ball, then it is similar to traveling. Players can avoid a carrying violation by keeping their palms facing the floor while dribbling. Most basketball players usually dribble with their palms starting at the top of the ball, at the start of the bounce, then slide their hand to the right or left of the ball (depending on which hand the ball is being dribbled with). Dribbling this way allows more control and easier ball-handling.


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