“Remember when the ref ejected Tim Duncan for laughing?”iDemi_God said. This was one of the strangest officiating decisions we’ve seen in the NBA because it was outrageous. The man in the middle was the infamous Joey Crawford, whose penchant for dubious calls is well-documented. This one saw Duncan receive the only ejection of his glittering career because he laughed at the wrong time.
Duncan had a run-in with the referee during the game because he disagreed with one of Crawford’s calls. Later, the referee saw him laughing as he sat on the bench and assumed that it was directed at him. Crawford’s reaction was to dismiss him from the game entirely, much to the confusion of the watching crowd. The league suspended Crawford and he admitted fault for the incident.
“A fan collapsed and died at a Blazer game,” BillFireCrotchWalton observed somberly. Sadly this moment came when Portland played the Dallas Mavericks in 2014. Tragically, Sandra Vickefoose, a Portland season ticketholder succumbed to a cardiac arrest during the game. It stunned the players and members of the crowd because they hoped that she would pull through.
“I’ve never seen, never had that happen at any game I’ve been to and certainly everybody in the arena, I felt, was affected by it,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.” Sadly these kinds of incidents occasionally happen at games. The worst is when a player suffers a serious injury on the court or playing field because it’s so visible.
“During a Spurs game about 15 years ago, a falling player ripped the button off of a ref’s pants,” JeahNotSlice said. “That was funny as hell.” While this is an especially obscure piece of NBA history, it’s not the only pants moment in basketball. A number of players received citations for pulling down their pants in the middle of games despite thousands of people watching. It’s nice to have no shame.
Ron Artest once tried to pull down Paul Pierce’s pants in a game against the Celtics. The strangest aspect of this was the fact that the referee did absolutely nothing to intervene. This is an illegal move yet he chose to let it go. Meanwhile, Nemanja Bjelica nonchalantly dropped his shorts during a game against the Jazz, but at least he was wearing compression tights.
“The Verizon Center in DC had a rain delay, they had trash cans catching the rain,” BleedingCello said on Reddit. “If I remember right it added like an hour and a half to the game.” This is absolutely correct and was one of the strangest moments in indoor sporting history. Typically, leagues like the NFL will play through all weather but the NBA doesn’t have to worry about this kind of thing.
That was, until 2014 when a leaky roof affected the state of play in Washington. Obviously, players can’t run on a slippery, wet court so it was necessary to dry the floor and ensure no more water affected play. Meanwhile, the Wizards put up a damp performance against the Houston Rockets on their way to a miserable loss. It wasn’t the best night for their fans.
“Keon Clark went into the stands to argue with the guy who was harassing his wife,” Pardonme23 wrote. “That was crazy.” In sum, Clark was a maniac and this wasn’t the only wild thing that he did. The NBA journeyman claimed he never played a game sober in his life. If this is true then it is quite an achievement because there are a lot of NBA games.
Furthermore, he said that he was almost always drunk by halftime. With this amount of liquor in his body, it’s no surprise that he was willing to fight anybody and everybody. Sadly, his life deteriorated and he received a lengthy jail sentence in 2013 on gun charges. Some players possess an incredible technical ability but are unable to maintain a healthy mindset.
We’ve already talked about Spirit the Hawk’s adventure during Atlanta’s playoff game against Miami. But it deserves a second mention because one NBA fan revealed how the players reacted. “Never seen so many grown-ass men act like little girls before,” the fan mocked on Reddit. It was very true because the Miami players were terrified of the bird despite being massive individuals.
“You see Al Horford duck and run, I was like, ‘Let me run for cover as well,’ Dwyane Wade told ESPN. “It was kind of weird having the hawk fly around. It’s hard to play with your back to that hawk on the backboard.” Of course, it was unlikely that the bird wanted to eat an almost seven-foot basketball player. Maybe Wade knew something everybody else didn’t.
By far the craziest moment in NBA history, the Malice at the Palace was a national scandal. It saw the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons go to war in Auburn Hills. Forget the strangest, this was the wildest in-house brawl ever seen because players fought spectators as well as each other. Overall it was a shameful incident. Ron Artest received a massive ban for his role in the brawl, but many players were involved.
The refs did not receive nearly enough blame for contributing to that ordeal, HolySpaghetti said about the incident. “Ben Wallace shoved Artest, HARD (in the face), for really no reason. It was the waning moments of the game, and the right thing would have been to immediately eject Wallace since he was hot and Artest (known for his anger) was clearly going to be fuming.” Sometimes referees don’t take responsibility.