In a 2009 game between New Jersey and New York, Knicks guard Nate Robinson took an inbounds pass in the backcourt with 0.5 seconds left in the first quarter and, on a whim, fired a shot toward his own basket that went in for an apparent three-pointer.
"That is a ridiculous move," Albert said. "He thought time had run out, but you never know. I don't know if he was confused as to which direction he was going."
But even if time hadn't expired, the shot would not have counted for the Nets. Under NBA rules, a player cannot score on his own team unless on accident.
For example, if a basket is made on a tip during a fight for a rebound, the points are credited to the closest offensive player.
Had Robinson's shot been made within regulation time, the play would have been ruled a turnover, the ball going to the Nets without a change of score.
Blades of infamy
Few Southern California fans knew of an NHL rule restricting the curvature of a hockey stick's blade to three-quarters of an inch until Kings defenseman Marty McSorley was penalized at a most inopportune time.
The Kings won the first game of the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals and had a 2-1 lead over Montreal with two minutes left in Game 2 when Canadiens Coach Jacques Demers asked that the curve of McSorley's stick be measured.
The stick was deemed illegal, McSorley went to the penalty box, and Montreal scored on the ensuing power play to send the game to overtime, where Eric Desjardins beat Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey for the game winner. The Canadiens went on to win the series in five games.
Just for kicks
Though it has been 37 years since it was last used successfully, the fair catch kick rule still exists in the NFL.
The rule allows a team that has made a fair catch to take a free kick — uncontested by the defense — at the goal posts. The kicking team may not use a tee. The ball must be placed or drop-kicked.
A successful kick is awarded three points. The last converted fair catch kick was a 45-yarder by San Diego's Ray Wersching against Buffalo in 1976. Perhaps the most famous one was Mac Percival's 43-yarder with 20 seconds left that gave the Chicago Bears a 13-10 win over Green Bay in 1968.
San Francisco's Phil Dawson fell short on a 71-yard attempt against St. Louis last September, and Arizona's Neil Rackers (68 yards) and Green Bay's Mason Crosby (69 yards) fell short on 2008 attempts.
Obstruction is justice
In one of the most bizarre endings in World Series history, St. Louis defeated Boston in Game 3 last October on an obstruction call that allowed the winning run to score.
Left fielder Daniel Nava's throw beat Craig to the plate, but umpire Jim Joyce ruled correctly that Middlebrooks, who remained on the ground in the third-base line, had obstructed Craig.
According to Rule 2.00, "After a fielder attempts to field a ball and misses, he can no longer be in the act of fielding. For example: an infielder dives for a grounder and the ball passes him and he continues to lie on the ground and delays the progress of a runner. He very likely has obstructed the runner."