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.