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.