An NBA player once played for both teams in the same game. We can explain. | Weird Rules

An NBA player once played for both teams in the same game. We can explain. | Weird Rules

– Seth, today I wanna tell
you about a somewhat minor rules violation that
cascades into such a cluster that it results in one player scoring for two basketball teams in the same game. – On purpose? – No, not on purpose. – By accident? – Yeah, kind of by accident. – Did he get traded in
the middle of the game? That’s not– – Technically yes.
– how that works. – He did. But the game didn’t
happen on the same day. That’s the clue. – Okay. – So let’s go into it. It’s November 8th, 1978. The New Jersey Nets are playing the 76ers. Bernard King is already
sitting on one technical foul, and he gets his second tech. So he is ejected from the game. On the way out, he kicks
a chair in the tunnel, and the referee gives
him a third technical. – Okay, which you can’t do. – Which you cannot do. But it stands for whatever reason, and he goes into the tunnel and they do the free
throw shot or whatever. – Yeah. – And the coach, Kevin
Loughery, of course gets upset and starts chewing out
the official, saying, “You can’t give my guy a third technical.” And he is already sitting
on one technical himself, so Kevin Loughery gets
an additional two techs from this referee who’s just handing out rogue third technicals. He’s like the Oprah
– [Seth] Yeah! – [Ryan] of technical fouls. – [Seth] Except people
who already get cars, get additional cars – [Ryan] Right, you have a
third car and you have a third – [Seth] I don’t have room
in my garage for all these – [Ryan] I don’t need another car. – [Seth] Like he’s got a
T-Shirt cannon for the techs BLAT Fan, you get a technical! Scorekeeper, you get a technical! Other Ref, BLAT, you get one too! Like, you can’t do this man. – Yeah, one is for T-Shirts, and then the other one is just for T’s. – Yeah, perfect. A T cannon. – A T cannon. He also gets ejected. The game continues. The Nets lose in a four point
deficit in double overtime. So it’s really close, and – Those technicals mattered. – They mattered.
– Quite a bit. – Right? – Okay, I see where this is going, yeah. – Yes. So the Nets protest the
game, which requires a fifteen hundred dollar deposit, I found out researching this. – Sure. Do you get it back? – I don’t know. All I know
is you have to come up with fifteen hundred dollars
to go to the commissioner and say you wanna protest the game. – Which is such a piddling amount of money that does nothing for anyone. – I don’t know where the
fifteen hundred dollars goes. It’s not like you’re
paying people to come, it costs far more than
that to run a basketball a professional basketball — – There’s one employee
in the NBA office that that’s the entire way that make money. – So the Nets successfully protest. The commissioner at the
time, Larry O’Brien, says “Yes. We will fix this.
We will replay the game at another date, starting
at the time when the first third technical happened.”
Does that make sense? – Yeah. – We’re gonna start in the
middle of the third quarter and we’re gonna replay the
rest of the game from there. So Bernard King is still out of the game – Right. – Because he got this second technical. Kevin Loughery’s additional
technicals are eliminated so he gets to come back and coach them. – Right, cause he was responding to — – Precisely.
– an injustice that he was… He was responding within
a reality that technically does not and should not exist. – [Ryan] Right. That’s
exactly what’s happening here. The NBA is nullifying
the reality of this game because of this official’s
errant proclivity for extra technical fouls. But this replay of the game
does not happen until March – Okay. and the original game happens in November. In the intervening months, the two teams the Nets and the 76ers,
conduct a two for two trade of players on their teams.
– [Seth] Of course. – One of which, is Eric
Money, who is a guard with a phenomenal last name for the Nets. He gets traded to the 76ers
and is activated somewhere in the 135 days between these two games. – Right. So by the time we get
to the replay in March, he is playing for the
opposite team, and becomes the only player in NBA
history to be listed — Your face is the perfect
response to this story. Take me through what’s going
through your head right now. – Okay, so he played for both
teams. Which way did he go? He went from the Nets to the — – [Ryan] He went from
the Nets to the sixers. – And so, they let him
play for his new team in the new reality? Or
they traded him back for the purposes of this game? – Great question. They let
him play for the new team in the same game.
– Okay, that’s the only That’s the only right way to do that. – Take me through your other option. – Okay, because the other
option, which is justifiable but practically impossible,
is you’re like, alright, well, technically in this
reality that we’re trying to recreate, you’re on your old team. So you gotta go join your old teammates, go to the other locker room,
put your jersey back on. You know, you’ve picked
up your life, taken your wife and kids and moved
them to Philadelphia, but just for now, you’ve
gotta pretend like it’s the old days and
by the way, don’t try to lose the game even though
you’re on a different team now. That’s the big problem there.
– Right. Unless he, too, is
operating in the old reality and is eliminating from
his head that he is now a Sixer and is back in Nets mode. – Yeah, that would require some sort of like brainwashing, or like a
Clockwork Orange type thing, where they’re like, “these
are your real memories… none of this actually happened… you spent the two months
as a New Jersey Net.” – It kind of feels like
a weird dream scenario. – Man, I could never be a
commissioner of a sports league because if I were Larry
O’Brien, when you get that protest from the
Nets, you’re just like, “No. You know what? No.
I, you have a great case but no, it’s too hard, life’s
unfair. Goodbye.” Over. – [Ryan] Fun fact: the
referee who gave the errant technical fouls was Richie
Powers, who also officiated the 1976 finals between
the Celtics and the Suns, which we also have an episode about. Or, watch this other video if you’ve had enough Richie Powers.

100 thoughts on “An NBA player once played for both teams in the same game. We can explain. | Weird Rules

  1. This happened in an MLB game that got rescheduled in the middle of the game and someone got traded between the first and rescheduled game.

  2. If the NBA can replay an NBA game from the error why should the NFL do the same. Hint hint the saints vs rams championship.

  3. your concept of making an interesting video is really interesting, but it gets very boring early. get to the point. we dont need you guys kissing each other's ass

  4. "$1500 is such a pitily amount of money which is nothing for no one"
    meanwhile a third of americans have less than $400 in their savings account

  5. A similar thing happened during the 07-08 season with the Hawks and Heat. No one was traded between the teams, but Shaq had been traded to the Suns and he was the player responsible for the redo (he got called for his sixth foul and it should have been his fifth), so in the redo, Shaq couldn't play anyway, since he was now a Phoenix Sun. Shawn Marion did get to play in the redo, thus meaning that, due to a technicality, he was teammates with Shaq for one game, which came up again when the streak of consecutive champions with ex-teammates of Shaq's went viral back in 2015 or 2016.

  6. The real question is who in their right mind would go "blak blak blak blak" for the sound effect of a cannon of any type?

  7. Looked up the Box Score, the game was Nets at 76ers, "November 8, 1978" for the official date.

    For the other players traded, Ralph Simpson got 2 assists for each team and 8 points for the 76ers. Harvey Catchings did not impact the box score for the 76ers, but got 8 pts, 4 reb, 3 blk, 2 pf for the Nets. Al Skinner did not get play time for either team.

  8. You guys missed a 3rd option which makes the most sense: Eric Money isn't allowed in the re-played game for either team. Treat the trade as an off-court incident that took a player out of the lineup.

  9. Crazy or power tripping refs are so annoying in the present but so hilarious when reflecting on in the past lol

  10. First thing I think of:
    If this earthquake postpones the Pels-Knicks Summer League game, I hope a player is traded to NO by the time they play again

  11. I don't even watch sportsball but I absolutely love this series for the metaphysical debates it causes.

    Btw, today I learned that the NBA has a better grasp on the time/space continuum than most sci-fi movies.

  12. Do a Luis Suarez (attacker) in South Africa (World Cup), deliberatly defended a clear goal with his hands just so the team doest score. He got a red card but Ghana missed the penalty and eventually lost the game and dropped out of the World Cup.

  13. All of this could have been resolved by rescinding the nonexistent 3rd technical on the guy who got ejected for kicking a trash can

  14. Kind of reminds me of Mickey Gordon in Forget Paris when he ejected Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the last game of his career and then started ejecting everyone else

  15. You could have mentioned the other player traded, Al Skinner. He is the only player in NBA history to have an official DNP ("did not play") for both teams in the same game.

  16. It was a stupid decision but at least they were trying to do the right thing.

    Today, the NBA would do anything to move away snd let everyone forget if the same thing happened.

  17. And what if someone like, blew out their knee. They're back home, out of basketball, but get a call to wrap up the knee and get back in there

  18. Wasn't he registered as having two T's, thus making him kicked out regardless of the team? The game resumed AFTER 2 T's, right before the third, so it should've counted

  19. Imagine if Bernard King had been one of the players traded and got to come back in the game for the other team.

  20. Can someone confirm this note about the game?

    When coach Kevin Loughery got originally ejected with the three techs, you know who took over coaching duties for the Nets? Player-assistant coach Phil Jackson. Yeah, THAT Phil Jackson

  21. $1,500 back in 1978 has the equivalent worth of $$5,907.03 today. This was back when the NBA wasn't relatively as profitable as it is today, so that's a large chunk of change. I would think that the deposit to protest a game is nonrefundable if the investigation turns up with nothing, but I don't know for sure.

  22. This almost happened in MLB quite a few times. This involved playing in a game for one team, and then being traded to a team that later continued a suspended/protested game. In every instance they were on the roster but didn't play.

  23. I did this in my very first ever varsity hockey game in high school. I totally put the puck right in our own net on a delayed penalty I mistakenly thought was on us. Then I get 2 goals and an assist later in the game for our team

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