As a spectator who has been raised on a style of basketball much more closely modeled upon the FIBA ruleset, the more NBA games I see makes me wonder what exactly is the NBA travelling rule, specifically in relation to driving to the basket.
My understanding of the FIBA rule, is that you must dribble the ball before you raise your pivot foot upon starting a drive, and once you pick up the ball you can only have 2 steps before the shot, or one before a pass.
I'm aware that those numbers are increased in the nba to 3 steps before a shot and 2 before a pass (correct?), but are players are allowed to take a step before they dribble the ball? I was watching a Houston v Lakers game that I downloaded and some of the plays Mobley makes to the basket are just the most extreme travels under the rules that I am used to.
So, who can give me a definitive NBA travelling rule description?